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July 2017

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" [...]

Crossover 1 – Edexcel

2017-07-03T23:13:31+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Back in January I wrote (in this post-> here ) about how comparability across tiers was going to be ensured by the exam boards and Ofqual. I included some analysis about the percentage of marks available on the “crossover” topics for Edexcel, AQA and OCR; I also went off on [...]

Sooooooo ….

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Blog, Personal|

At about 8:30 this evening my conversation on the phone with my hubbie went a little like this: Me: Hiya. I'm on the last leg of my train journey - should get in to Brum just after 9. Good day? Him: Yep. You? (he's not a phone person!) Me: Yeah. [...]

‘Tis done

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|AQA, DFE, OCR, Ofqual, WJEC|

So paper 3 is done and dusted. 'Tis done. 'Tis finished. At just after 10:30 am this morning I could almost feel maths teachers everywhere breathing a massive sigh of relief. (I promise I will write up my experience of sitting the exam as an external candidate but time ... [...]

Surface Area and Volume Revision

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 10th, 2017|3 - Shape, Resources, Teaching|

Looking for something for that last minute revision lesson? Yeah .. me too! Having emailed out the bumper papers to parents, I put the mark-schemes on our VLE and then as a catch-all for the students that me and Seager teach, I ran around like a mad-woman during period 5 giving them [...]

Still not a “predicted paper”

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Resources|

Now that paper 2 has been and gone, we've already moved onto thinking about paper 3 and like the previous practice papers we produced .. these are not "best guesses" or "predictions" they are meant to be purely for practice. So if you're looking for some topics to focus on [...]

May 2017

Edexcel Legacy Practice Questions

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel|

The marvellous Emma Bell has put together some practice questions for the final Edexcel 1MA0 paper EVER! ** sniffs back a tear** and she has agreed that it was ok to share here for those of you looking for some extra practice questions for students to do over the next [...]