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Merthyr GCSE Study Weekends

Monday 11 December 2017

Over 150 dedicated Year 11 pupils from four Merthyr High Schools* were welcomed to Cardiff Metropolitan University in October to support their revision for the November Maths and English GCSE examinations.

The annual event supports learners with revision and examination tips.  A motivational introductory session is delivered by Lyn Howell, who demonstrates the importance of planning time and learning techniques in the lead up to GCSEs.

Maths teachers from the schools then deliver 40-minute revision sessions reinforcing examination techniques and boosting the learners’ confidence.  It also gives pupils the opportunity to work alongside others and be taught by teachers from different schools.

First Campus also delivered an English GCSE revision session with pupils from Afon Taf.   The session concentrated on grammar and the structure of writing in preparation for the exam.   PGCE students, who are currently training to be English teachers, supported the workshop.   They were able to share their knowledge as well as develop their experience.

Annie Davies, First Campus Mentoring Programme Leader at Cardiff Met said: “It is always a pleasure to welcome dedicated teachers and pupils to the university.    It is often the first time many of the learners have visited a university so it is a great way to give young people an insight into the university and what they can aspire towards post GCSEs.   Seeing the facilities at our Cyncoed Campus means they can visualise what university life is like as well as start asking questions about the opportunities available.”

*Afon Taf High; Bishop Hedley RC High; Cyfarthfa High & Pen y Dre High.

Merthyr schools have improved at a faster rate than the rest of Wales:  Level 2 Threshold including English/Welsh and mathematics has seen 16 year olds attending Merthyr schools improve by 20% when the rest of Wales has improved by 7%.