# September, 2017

September 25, 2017

It is always a pleasure to find someone of the same mind. My amazement at the UK university application system is shared by the Guardian: Historians will laugh at us when they look back at our university application system. With only one in six young people getting the exam results their teachers predict, the current […]

Tags: A level, university admissions

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September 18, 2017

My son sat the Key Stage 2 tests this year. It was the second run of the tests based on the new primary curriculum. In mathematics, two “reasoning“ papers and an “arithmetic” paper replaced two written general mathematics papers (one allowed use of a calculator, the other did not) and a mental mathematics test. The […]

Tags: calculators, Primary maths

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September 6, 2017

Here is a question from A level Edexcel Core 1 January 2013 paper: The equation \( (k+3) x^2+6x+k=5 \) where \( k\) is a constant, has two distinct real solutions for \(x\). Show that k satisfies \( k^2-2k-24<0 \) Hence find the set of possible values of \( k\). This is a question […]

Tags: A level, exam papers

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