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Mr Karran's Blog

Both for historic reasons, and as a quirk of our calendar, British people have always associated Easter with the concept of rebirth, both in terms of faith and with the seasonal change in the natural world. As we ‘Spring Forward’ and march towards the lighter nights, it is crucial that, despite the extra optimism that this period of the year brings us, we don’t lose sight of how much stress and anxiety that it can generate in the minds of an A Level student.

The countdown to the Summer Exam season is nearing its final weeks and teachers are planning those crucial revision lessons. However, even though countdowns can be used creatively and can often be a source of motivation for certain students, they are also seen as threatening to many. Over the Easter holidays, we must be mindful of the need to help all of our learners to unwind and get as much perspective as they can. As Director of Sixth Form, I have made it clear that, alongside the 40+ hours of revision on each student timetable, over the two week period, I expect plenty of time for rest and relaxation too. With six weeks until the first exam date, and still three whole months until some papers are sat, it doesn’t make any sense to peak too early and risk a burn out.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sixth Form teaching staff at Ballakermeen. I have been so impressed by their commitment to our students and the endless hours they seem to give up to help them out, both with coursework and revision. This hasn’t been restricted to one or two subjects but to every single faculty area. The programme of extra lessons over Easter is testimony to their dedication- I’m very lucky to work with such brilliant colleagues.

Richard Karran
Director of Sixth Form

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