Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Packed Revision Shows Set the Stage for Exam Success

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Packed Revision Shows Set the Stage for Exam Success

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School network hosts sessions in theatres and concert halls to help thousands of pupils on the C/D borderline

Just as the run-up to this summer's GCSEs reached its most stressful peak, 2,000 Year 11 pupils were taken on a trip to the Dominion Theatre in London's West End.

But they weren't there to see The War of the Worlds or We Will Rock You. Instead, they were attending a mass revision session organised by the rapidly growing schools network Partners in Excellence - the PiXL Club.

This year, the group ran its biggest exam technique sessions yet, targeted at pupils on the C/D borderline.

Thousands of pupils from about 400 schools participated in the huge maths and English tutorials, which also took place at the Harrogate International Centre, which fits 2,000 people, and the 1,800-seater Colston Hall in Bristol.

The £20-a-head sessions, paid for by schools, were designed to ensure pupils knew the best ways of crossing the crucial C-grade threshold. Participants watched as teachers went through "walking-talking mocks", using practice papers to give step-by-step guides on how to complete the questions.

"It's about teaching kids how to make sure they can maximise their answers," said PiXL's deputy chair Will Smith. …

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