Going for the higher grades for GCSEs is often a real challenge for a youngster. Things ar so very different to how they were decades ago when these formal examinations were originally set up. There were two exam levels but of course, no e-learning or online resources. We were able to choose which scheme for each subject. GCE O level was the preferred one – offering the chance to go on to take A levels if university placement was sought. Those not able to manage that level could opt for the less demanding CSE; the top marks were equivalent to the bottom two of a GCE. Today the options to top up a student’s level of knowledge or exam passing ability are many and varied. Online learning schemes and teaching courses at home are fantastic and give a child that boost in self confidence to sit that higher level paper!