Just a short one today to post an update on the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) course I blogged about in February. Quick recap: the EPQ is a mini-dissertation research project, usually offered to A-Level students to help prepare them for University. For the first time last year, our school offered it to a handful of GCSE students. In the end, three students submitted their projects, and two of them got As! (I like to think that I played some small part in their success - I even got name-checked a number of times in one of the dissertations!)
Despite this success, the school is not going ahead with the programme again this year - I expect this is primarily because this year's students do not have the space in their timetable to fit any more work in. But hopefully it is something the school will look at again in the future.