Key stage 4

This is the key stage where even students begin to worry about their performance! Suddenly it all becomes very real with college places dependant on GCSE grades in the core curriculum subjects. Students dread the thought of potentially having to spend more time on a disliked subject at college to retake a GCSE. Target grades are set yet classroom assessment grades can seem very far from these outcomes. At this stage, students can become incredibly frustrated and disillusioned with their perceived sense of failure. This leads some to be unable to engage with class work or to begin their own revision. In fact, it makes some students switch off entirely with weeks to go before the terminal exams when the reality of what needs to be still done sets in.

Often students feel very alone and stressed: they may not want to admit to anyone that they are struggling to understand in class for fear of being told that they can’t have been concentrating or putting in enough effort; reading set texts and drawing out salient points on the language of Shakespeare or metaphors in challenging poetry appears ridiculous for a budding motor mechanic; solving quadratic equations seems pointless for a student wanting to become a hair dresser and in addition they have numerous other pressures, not just academic, on them at this difficult age. We have seen this time and time again in students coming to Aspire Tuition.

But don’t just take our word for it, read more from our students and their families.

Aspire helped me much more than just getting an A in my GCSE Maths, they helped me get where I am today.

Joshua Snowdon