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July 2017

“Our Song”

2017-07-19T01:26:35+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Blog, From the Coal Face|

This is being written as a separate post (a sort of sister post to this one) because this isn’t about me. OK … its partly about me … but mainly about an amazing group of year 8 students! Today proved that to me that what we do as classroom teachers [...]

End of year pub quiz

2017-07-09T19:59:09+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Resources, Teaching|

I've updated my usual end of year "pub quiz" that I will be doing with my very last lesson with my groups. I'm a real grouch and generally try to keep them going as long as I can until I relent and do something "fun" ... Anyway, i thought I'd share [...]

Thought I’d got away with that …

2017-07-05T23:40:15+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It's Wednesday!! So .... today saw me heading up the M6 again to Eden Boys School in Bolton - before I forget ... BEST CAKES EVER!!! (Were I to grade my visits to schools based on the cakes this one is 10/10!! ... I don't do that though!! No ... [...]

Playing with numbers

2017-07-05T10:13:03+00:00 July 5th, 2017|1 - Number, From the Coal Face|

This is gonna be quick ... I promise! But thought I'd share ... I see part of my job in year 7 is to get students comfortable just playing around with numbers. Yes, I want there to be no fear about making mistakes but I also want students to be [...]

Crossover 2 – OCR

2017-07-03T23:39:13+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

This is the second post looking at the percentage of questions that were on both tiers in the first live sitting of the exam - part 1 included the stats from Pearson/Edexcels papers and this one is for OCR. As previously, I should remind you that “at least 20%” on [...]

June 2017

This is just wrong …

2017-07-02T19:57:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|DFE, Ofqual|

I can't let this pass without comment ... the DFE need to sort this out ... it's a fecking mess !! Let me remind you that in March Justine Greening wrote to the Education Select Committee (letter -> here ) and in this she states "Where employers, FE providers and universities currently [...]

Todays embarrassing moment ..

2017-07-02T19:57:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Blog, Personal|

This one is better than falling asleep last week on the train because it all happened in public  ... I swear I am a complete and utter knob at times! This morning I was at one of the Pearson collaborative network meetings and thought: "ooh I like that NAVY LINEN dress" [...]