A leading social learning provider, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform. Delivers courses from over 80 universities and higher education institutions around the world, online, for free, on any device.
Works with many schools across the UK to provide access to courses that help students of ability to improve their knowledge and make more informed choices about their higher education options.
“If a prospective student were to show evidence they had completed a MOOC aligned with their subject of choice, then it would be a tangible demonstration of their interest in that area. It would of course also give them something interesting and relevant to talk about at interview.” Viv Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, The University of Leeds
Explore subjects: get a taste of what studying topics such as science maths & technology, business studies, teaching, computer science, or robotics would be like.
Try out current degree course material on the platform. See if it is what you will really enjoy before signing up to the full 3 year degree.
Preparing for interviews: studying relevant content before applying to university can significantly improve a student’s chance of giving a good entrance interview.
Preparation for university applications: a FutureLearn course from UCAS gives students advice on writing a great university application; one from the University of East Anglia helps them to prepare them for the study skills they will need to get their degree off to a flying start.
You can, for a fee, get a certificate of completion for a FutureLearn course - not obviously needed for any of the above uses.
There's a lot more there that's useful for careers and education generally - as I write this my house still reeks of the potato that caught fire in the microwave, thanks to my youngest daughter and FutureLearn. Fascinating: real science, real mess, and a really cross wife.
Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.
Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield.
Identifying different kinds of special educational needs
Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome.
Just as special needs are hard to…
There are currently around 164 state funded grammar schools located in 36 English local authorities, with around 167,000 pupils between them. There are a further 69 grammar schools in Northern Ireland, but none in Wales or Scotland. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston, with only a few grammar schools.
How to find a state grammar school
Word of warning: not all selective grammar schools have 'grammar' in their…
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