IGCSE & GCSE Fieldtrips

Field-trips at any age, for any subject, are an ideal way to solidify ideas, concepts and apply information in a real world context.

I recently arranged a field-trip to Blenheim Palace to see their winter ‘offering’ from an IGCSE  Travel&Tourism and IGCSE Business perspective.  It was an engaging and informative opportunity for students and would have also equally suited History, English, Design and Technology!





IGCSE Business Case Studies are Everywhere

Lots of Business Studies learnings on offer today at the Oracle in Reading! … 1) organic growth and location … Chick-Fil-A comes to Reading (let’s hope one of America’s favourite brands can survive this dismal location in the Oracle where many others have slowly died a death!) 2) Business failure and ecommerce/location … Paperchase is closing down (another high street brand suffering immensely) 3) employee motivation and customer service (our server/cashier at FiveGuys was having a fantastic time singing, dancing and laughing behind the cash register)

I love teaching IGCSE Business Studies with HomeMadeEducation, there are case studies everywhere!

Grades Aren’t Everything

Some feedback received this week: “My 15 year old daughter chose to take 8 GCSEs in 9 months and there was no way I was going to be able to keep on top of what she needed to be studying. It was so helpful to know that Business and Travel and Tourism were taken care of through Home Made Education. She got her T & T result this morning – a Grade B! And that’s in less than half the usual time taken to study. Business Studies results coming next week. I honestly can’t praise HME enough. Thank you!”    We love to help celebrate our students’ successess and it is important to remember that for some students, an A on a GCSE is a success and for others an IGCSE pass with a D is an equally laudible achievement!  We are all different and exam results don’t define who we are or what we will go on to contribute to the world.  Whatever your future holds, if you approach it with commitment, humour and compassion you are bound to do well! 🙂



As a student, my notes were often all over the place.  Memorably, my English teacher once asked me to please take English notes in English class, rather than drawing architectural plans on square-ruled paper while he lectured.  My response was “I get an A in this class, so can you leave me be?!”  Despite that, note-taking was indeed something I took seriously – I used my notes as my main revision tool in every class through High School, University Undergrad and Grad School (and graduating with honours!).

At HomeMadeEducation, we encourage all of our students to make their own notes … this article is a good reminder of why.