Read the question: Grammar schools | Mr Whellan’s science

One of the more futile phrases we mutter as teachers in our attempt to squeeze more blood  of exam marks out of the stone of pupil indifference is ‘Read the Question’. In the unforgiving heat of the exam glare it is a rare student indeed who is able to consistently keep calm enough to recognise what question is really being asked and provide a thoughtful, well-crafted answer rather than smearing their answer paper with a random collection of half-remembered chemical names and a completely irrelevant aside about enzymes. It is entirely understandable and a feature of exam stress that this…

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