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May 2017

Recruitment & retention

May 16th, 2017|Blog|

We don't have a recruitment problem (ok we may have a recruitment problem!) but I know lots of new teachers who came into the profession having spoken to a teacher who was able to enthuse them enough for them to make the decision and go into teaching! I have spoken [...]

Mathematical fiddle “things”

May 13th, 2017|3 - Shape, Blog, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources|

Ever since I watched the above clip from Vi Hart I’ve been fascinated with flexagons and so one night this week I made my very own trihexaflexagon. It was after I’d marked a test for one of my classes and even though we’ve spent lessons and lessons on circles there [...]

GCSE Maths: Preparing for your exam

May 10th, 2017|AQA, Blog, Edexcel|

For the last couple of years Graham (Cumming .. of course!) has been sending out some additional reminders for both students and teachers a few weeks before the exams. This year has been no different and he has kindly given me permission to share on here too (to which I've added [...]

A little every day – MAY 2017

May 1st, 2017|Blog, Resources|

Here you go … Monthly Maths - MAY 2017  calendar. The original post containing the sheet for April 2017 can be found here and the Solutions (for April 2017) are available here – > Monthly Maths - APRIL 2017 - SOLUTIONS

April 2017

Countdown “T minus 25”

April 30th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Personal|

I've joked from the very introduction of the new GCSE that I wanted to sit the exam with the year 11 group that would be sitting it for the very first time ... well .. I've only gone and flipping entered! The idea is not to prove that I can [...]

GCSE 9-1 New content – Product rule for counting

April 29th, 2017|1 - Number, Blog, Resources, Teaching|

I’ve been thinking about some of the new content in the GCSE and wanted to delve a bit deeper into some of the topics – not only to make sure that my understanding of the “learning objectives” are correct but if I’m honest I also think I have a hang [...]

Dual entry ?

April 26th, 2017|AQA, Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

Back in December 2015 the DFE published a document ->  GCSE_Early_Entry_Guidance that clarified some rules about "early entry" - you may remember when new early entry rules for key stage 4 qualifications were announced on September 29 2013 (I remember it well!) that only a pupil’s first entry to a key stage 4 qualification [...]

WJEC/Eduqas takeaway menus and MORE ..

April 23rd, 2017|Blog, WJEC|

Please do read on ... whilst most of you won't offer the WJEC qualification you'll find some links to some fab resources - I must say that the one good thing about all these changes is that the exam boards have certainly upped their game in terms of what support [...]

Thinking

April 6th, 2017|Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Whether or not you agree with the 4/5 change that was announced last week (some people do! read the comments at the end of my blog post -> here ), the fact is that Nicky Morgan (and yes I know she's gone!) together with Nick Clegg (him too!!) pledged as part of their [...]

WINNERS

April 2nd, 2017|Blog, JustMaths Conference, Uncategorized|

It's my birthday weekend and here I am giving away stuff !! I've done the drawer for the 10 free tickets to our conference -> I think I have a little bit of OCD about this whole thing and want everyone to know that it's all above board - I've sat and [...]