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Ofqual’s now reversed decision to use an algorithm to decide what GCSE and A-level results British students would get was always destined to fail. What’s even more upsetting is that a student predicated it in her own prize winning story.

As an educator, the disrespect shown to our young is just appalling. Using an algorithm to decide their fate and in some cases, ruin their prospects of further education is unforgivable.

The algorithm responsible for this works in essentially two ways according to The Guardian. The first way of working looks like this:

“If we don’t know about this group’s…


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We’ve scoured the internet and spoke to many who call Hong Kong home to find out precisely what are the pros and cons of living in Hong Kong. We’ve compiled a list of seven pros and six cons we believe capture a broad range of experiences shared by many expats living here. In short, we’ve found the pros and cons of living in Hong Kong are as follows:

Pros

  1. The great outdoors
  2. The transport system
  3. The glorious Octopus card
  4. Hong Kong is always on
  5. Food
  6. Safety
  7. How English friendly the city is

Cons


Maybe…But Why?

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Hong Kong has been home for me for almost twelve years. I’ve spent my adult life here and consider myself a part of the fabric of Hong Kong. It’s a place where I have gotten to know myself, a place where I have grown, failed, succeeded, but ultimately, I’ve become a better person, and this city has always been my backdrop.

Recently, there have been a lot of protests happening because of the government’s wishes to push through an extradition bill that would allow China to essentially take anyone they wanted back to…


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This article and many more are now on our website NavgiateHK.com. See you over there.

I’ve wanted to write about this subject for a good while now. This topic has long piqued my interest and was set in motion again when a good friend of mine from Sweden (also a teacher) decided to move back to his home country after living in this mega city for as long as I have, eleven years and change. We’d often talk about Hong Kong and how it had changed over the years, how it had gotten more expensive to eat out and buy…


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I could have written this a thousand times in a thousand different ways, but here I am, writing it again. Hong Kong has taught me so much, but what I think it’s taught me more than anything else is how to step into my own power. In all areas of my life. I guess this feels different for each person but my experience in Hong Kong has helped me grow in so many ways through both the challenges that are unique to Hong Kong and some that perhaps are universal.

Language

Over the…


From a Kowloon’er.

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This article is now available on our site NavigateHK.com

Hong Kong is thought of as one big island, but actually, it is divided into three main areas. You have Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. For most people who move here, they end up on Hong Kong island, surrounded by their favourite hallmarks like Starbucks, Pret, Marks & Spencer, etc. The New Territories is an unknown wilderness to most, but it offers peaceful living, even if it might be far from work. Then we get to what sits between the two. Kowloon. Sometimes known as the “dark side”.


A Metaphor for Life

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A Beginning

The ocean is special to me because I find it alluring, curious and also incredibly terrifying. I got to look at it a lot as a kid. I have relatives who live in a seaside town and I always enjoyed my visits there. What kid wouldn’t? It was often during holidays, we got to eat copious amounts of ice cream and line our pockets with two pence coins for the arcades. We lived like kings!

On our way there, I always marvelled at the houses in this little seaside town. You knew you were almost there when the houses started…


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I have a blog that I write articles for. Deep down it’s a passion of mine to write. One that I hope will pay my bills one day. Normally, I spend some time everyday formulating and writing articles, doing social stuff and generally growing my blog but in the last few months, I haven’t written a thing. I’ve felt terrible that I can’t put pen to paper and I’ve been trying to dig a little deeper to understand why.

I know my blog provides value and that it’s helping people but I just can’t get motivated to write for it…


And A Reflection on Hong Kong

An awesome view of Kyoto from Arashiyama Monkey Park.

As I was sat on a bus travelling through the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan, I took so much joy in observing the happenings of the world around me, both on and off the bus. I forgot what an enjoyable bus experience felt like. I know tech moguls like Elon Musk mock us little people for taking buses, but I like it, especially if it’s a bus in Japan. While we bumbled through the beautiful city of Kyoto, I thought “Wouldn’t it be great if Hong Kong inherited a little bit of this…” Hong Kong is a place I’ve called home…


A Brief Guide For Teachers

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As part of my PGDE in Early Childhood Education at the University of Hong Kong, I partook in a module called “Experiential Learning”. Described by the Assistant Dean himself, this is what the aim of an EL project should do for you.

“EL projects offer the chance to see the community as a new and powerful knowledge space where you will all have the chance to expand your understanding and practice”

— Dr Gary Harfitt

I decided to organise a workshop for in-service teachers to teach them mindfulness skills to use for themselves in the classroom, but also pass onto…

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Teacher, observer and documenter of the world around me — https://navigatehk.com/

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