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Religious Education (RE) is compulsory part of school life in the UK. Many people regard it as important because it promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. Whilst schools have to teach RE, parents can withdraw their children for all or part of the lessons, and pupils can choose to withdraw themselves once they’re 18. This blog post is designed for students taking GCSE Religious Education, and provides them with what we see as the best resource websites on the internet. GCSE Bitesize Religious Education: This site runs through the tenets of various religions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, providing students with revisions of main topics, as well as online tests. The tests not only indicate wrong and right answers, but also provide useful explanations of why an answer is wrong, which is very useful in a subject which delves into definitions and theories that can be quite complex to grasp. This reso

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Secondary school students are required to study Science as part of the National Curriculum. The subject breaks down into three main subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The purpose of this blog post is to share with you our recommended resource websites for GCSE Science. GCSE Bitesize: Science (OCR): The BBC’s Bitesize divides revision material for GCSE Science exams into different sites, depending upon which board the student is preparing for. This site, which is target at the OCR exam, covers the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each main area comprises revision material, activities and tests, which will keep students busy for many fruitful hours. GCSE Bitesize: Science (AQA): Resources for the AQA exam are also branched out in to Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Topics which students can test their skills at include The use and abuse of drugs, Food chains, Evolution and Crude oil and fuels, and heating and cooling. As is the case with Bitesize (OCR), text material, ac

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Business Studies is important as it supports students who want to understand the way in which businesses operate in a dynamic, changing and competitive environment. It helps them develop a critical approach to distinguish between fact and opinion, build arguments and make informed judgements. It also helps them develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in local, national and global contexts. With so many websites on the internet offering students Business Studies resources, the purpose of this blog post is to provide them with what we regard as the best resources available for those taking GSCE Business Studies. GCSE Bitesize: This excellent site by the BBC offers a plethora of information and handy resources, including video tips from business experts, basic (and more advanced) information on the aims and organisation of all successful businesses, marketing, finance, production methods and more. Mock GCSE Business Studies exams and information o

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Stuck looking for Primary School Citizenship resources? This blog post sets out to give you our recommendations on websites to look at.  Citizenship: Using Democracy: This site, offered by BBC Scotland, teaches children about the meaning of democracy. It is meant to be used in class in groups, though kids can also have fun at home with the help of their parents. The site has both Flash and html versions, though we definitely recommend the former for a more dynamic experience. The site teaches children how to solve issues while keeping in mind the good of the entire community. For instance, in the first activity offered, children are asked to decide how money awarded to one particular community for good work, should be spent. Children are encouraged to listen to a number of different groups/businesses, and to come to the most equitable solution – in this way, they discover that being a good citizen often involves the difficult process of decision making! Teachers, meanwhile, are pro

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Welsh is taught in schools in Wales at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. Understandably The National Curriculum for Wales focuses on an understanding of Wales and the Welsh Language. Gaelic is also available as an additional language in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Given the focus on the Welsh and Gaelic we have set out what we regard as the best resources for Primary School Welsh and Gaelic languages: Bowns: Part of the Wales Education and Learning section of the bbc.co.uk, this site, aimed at children aged approximately 3 to 6, invites children to join an animated character, Bowns, and take part in games which have been created to develop basic numeracy and literacy skills. Hand-and-eye coordination is also improved through the child’s handling of the mouse. Children can use most of the site by themselves, though they will need help from their parents or teachers to read the story provided. Games hone on an array of skills, including counting, filling in the blanks and singing. Cymru: As

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The purpose of Art and Design at GCSE level is to help students build creative skills through learning and doing. To develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies, societies and cultures. We have taken a look at the resources available on the internet, and have come up with our list of the best resources for GSCE Art & Design: GSCE Bitesize Art & Design The BBC’s Bitesize pages are an excellent starting point for those needing help with their GSCE Art & Design coursework and exams. The site has practically everything you need to know to achieve top grades: it teaches the technical aspects of drawing, graphics, painting, photography and sculpture, and provides vital information on course structure and assessment objectives. The site’s creators acknowledge that although creativity is essentially a subjective pursuit, even the greatest artists obtain inspiration from others respective fields. One sect

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Music is much more than a subject you have to learn at school it s mathematics ,physical education, history, science and foreign languages all rolled up in one subject. But most of all, music is art. We have taken a good look at the internet, and have come up with what we believe are the best resources websites for students taking GCSE Music. GCSE Bitsize: Music: This site covers all the main areas students need to master to excel at their GCSE Music exams. Brush up on the main elements of music (notation, instrumentation, melody and harmony etc.), revise the main musical movements of the 20th century, learn about performance, popular music, the western classical tradition and world music. Each category offers a revision section as well as a test, so students can glean their level of knowledge and identify weaker areas. The revision sections contain recordings, which make it much easier to understand subjects like texture in music, chords and rhythm notation. Class Clips: Music: This

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I have not come across anyone involved in education who had any respect for Michael Gove. Or the effect he’s had on education. No teachers, no tutors, not even a parent – but maybe that just means I’m mixing in the wrong circles! But it says something about the policies people make if people in the profession don t feel they are valuable. Most teachers I ve met over the years positively groan at his name. As with many ministers, Gove was so completely out of touch with the majority of people at street level; their lives, their families, their homes and their educational opportunities, it was difficult to see how he could make informed and useful decisions about what was right for them. So I feel a silent National cheer as he moves on. And we have a new education minister now; Nicky Morgan. Will it be any different? And what would we wish from an education minister? As a parent, ex-teacher and home educator I want a minister that can connect with real lives and real backgrounds

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Drama is a wide ranging subject at GCSE level. It can involve: thematic work, improvisation, physical theatre, costume, set design, make-up and masks, puppets, lighting and sound, and even stage management. The following resources have been selected as the best for GCSE Drama: GCSE Bitsize Drama: If explorative strategies like Still image/freeze frame, Thought-tracking or Narrating are new concepts, GCSE Bitsize Drama is a great place to begin. The site features text information and handy videos on many of the strategies students will be expected to utilize. Areas covered include Exploring, Responding and Performing. Students and teachers will find inspiration for their productions from the Galleries section, while the WJEC section includes vital tips on how to create a group and give a top-level ‘devised performance’. The Expression Gallery is an exhaustive collection of images of people of various ages and backgrounds, displaying a myriad of expressions, everything from e