I'm closing this website down at the end of February, I started it in February 2008 and have kept it a bit like a garden ever since but I think it's a bit stale now and the feeling I had about my education in teaching English as a foreign language with my PGCE and my degree in business information technology are well and truly dated. As for my opinions about the cost of housing, no one is remotely interested nor ever have been, do you know one article I found from 2017 said that houses in London had increased by 500K in 20 years, some of them from as little as 55K at the time :)

 My teaching qualification

My higher education in the UK

 My qualifications and references

 Some graduate statistics and facts

 Different skill levels at work

 Graduate employment levels

 NQF qualifications 

 Highest qualification people have

 A literacy story on BBC news

  Literacy standards in England

 Literacy research

 I'd like to share an essay I wrote in 1994

 About my education

 Mental Illness research

 A news story from when I was a student

 My search for work with a university education

  An explanation of my education

 What do I know about IELTS?

 IELTS Question 1

            IELTS 1 written answer

 IELTS Question 2

            IELTS 2 written answer

            IELTS 2 written answer

            Extended written answer

 IELTS Reading       

 IELTS Listening       

 IELTS Speaking       

 Student centered grammar

Teacher centered grammar

 Grammar PowerPoint

 Grammar PowerPoint 2

 My children's book

 About this website third-conditional.net

  A story from The Guardian with data from The Sutton Trust

My appraisal of myself in better times

  Some of my art about being a student

  Some art about my feelings

Where I trained to teach (it isn't much but it is something)

This is a comparision of one of my qualifications in the military

My qualfication

Van Gogh's bedroom; no way to be living in a city of 8 million people like London. I lived in a place like this when I taught in London, I didn't mind but I never earned enough to look after a family.

I'm a 52 year old British man who quite enjoyed teaching some years ago and this website has been something to pass the time. I've had it for more than ten years now and although I'm not really looking for anything at the moment there were literally years where I was trying my best to improve my situation without any success. I would also like to add something here that is that life is special and important even when things aren't working out as planned and I have been blessed with a supportive family through all of my ups and downs and I'm thankful for that as I am also thankful for the benefits I've recieved while I've had health problems and the treatment I've had from the NHS. Mark Benniman

  My level 4 and 5 qualifications

I passed an HND and a BSc (undergraduate) and a PG Dip and a PGCE (postgraduate)


How do people afford to live in London and increasingly around the world? How do they make enough money? Is it fair that you can get qualified in the top 5% of the population and get a commensurate job but only afford a flat share or studio flat in a city of 8 million people?

  My story about the cost of housing

  An article about renting in London

  The cost of houisng in North Devon

  Social housing

  Hammersmith house prices 2013

  An article about Hammersmith and Fulham that I found online

  The bizarre increase in the cost of housing in London

  Simply homes

  Where did I go wrong? :)

I first took an IQ test when I was studying in the 90s, I was pleasantly surprised with the result, percentile 1 is what it said back then. It hasn't gained me anything though, no one has been remotely interested, it has always remained difficult to work out stuff like making a living. I took what I think were some really good free iq tests over the last eight days just for fun.

  An IQ test binge with results

  Another IQ test binge with results

  Social class

  Level 7 qualification criteria

  The national statistical socio/economic classification

  My PCET qualification

  An explanation for how I'm feeling .mov

 Some bizarre facts in my life

 A short story about teaching in further education in the UK

And finally... :)

The reason I chose this image of Thor in the reface app was that a lot of the film took place at the old royal naval college in greenwich where I spent a year training to teach about ten years earlier :)

I studied at five universities between 1992 and 2003. I passed FHEQ recognised courses at four of them :)

I've had this website since 2008, (about thirteen years now) I stopped teaching in London in mid-2005 and later had six months teaching in Thailand until mid-2007. I was four levels up the lecturer scale in London with a PGCE specialising in English for speakers of other languages. I am married with two children.


You can contact mark at:mark@third-conditional.net