What we know and what we don’t – THE FACTS!

March 6th, 2016|Blog|

I'd like to have called this post .. the truth, the whole truth and ... ummmm ... what we don't yet know! Further to my post last night in which I mention not being able to keep "my gob shut" I have collated some FAQs (and thanks to Emma Bell for [...]

9-1 Exam questions by topic – BOTH TIERS

January 3rd, 2016|AQA, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Resources, WJEC|

The below are all the questions collated by topic that appear on BOTH TIERS from the below samples and specimens: AQA – Sample Assessment Material, Practice set 1 and 2 OCR – Sample Assessment Material and Practice set 1 Pearson Edexcel – Sample Assessment Material, Specimen set 1 and set 2. [...]

9-1 Exam questions by topic – HIGHER TIER – version 2

December 21st, 2015|AQA, Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, WJEC|

The below are all the HIGHER TIER questions collated by topic from: AQA – Sample Assessment Material and Practice set 1 and 2  OCR – Sample Assessment Material and Practice set 1 Pearson Edexcel – Sample Assessment Material, Specimen set 1 and Specimen set 2. WJEC Eduqas – Sample Assessment Material [...]

9-1 Exam Questions by topic … Foundation – VERSION 3

November 29th, 2015|AQA, Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, WJEC|

The below are all the questions from: AQA – Sample Assessment Material and Practice set 1 and 2 OCR – Sample Assessment Material and Practice set 1 Pearson Edexcel – Sample Assessment Material, Specimen set 1 and Specimen set 2. WJEC Eduqas – Sample Assessment Material Please note that these [...]

Results Plus – QLA – June 2016

August 26th, 2016|Edexcel, Teaching|

I've put together the usual results plus QLA (question level analysis) sheets for the Edexcel 1MA01 June 2016 papers. As usual I have also attached instructions for how to get your download data into them and produce sheets for each student. There are two versions one where you can just [...]

So … Results Day 2016

August 25th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Teaching|

I started writing this late last night but never posted it so I've come back to it this afternoon having been into school and seen the students open their results (and no I didn't cry this year!) so please forgive the way my tenses change throughout the post.  Once again, [...]

New name for re-marks

August 24th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, OCR, Ofqual|

Before I start I must give my thanks to the OCR Maths team for pointing me in the direction of some useful information about the changes to what you and I will know as "re-marks". They also have a really useful post which you can find here -> OCR Blog. [...]

Just Saying

August 24th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

Now that the Maths team at Edexcel are on Twitter ( @EmporiumMaths ) you can almost guarantee they'll be the first to tweet out grade boundaries etc which they have done this morning. So before the barrage of tweets (they've already started) and blogs about grade boundaries, grade inflation, higher [...]

Another year …

August 23rd, 2016|Personal|

I can't sleep. I had all these grand ideas about being able to do a blog post a day but I have slipped easily into "normal" life and spent lots of time doing things that I don't have time to do in term time. To be honest I've tried to [...]

Thought I’d share

July 31st, 2016|Blog, Personal|

So it's Sunday morning and I've had a lie in but it appears that my god-kids have been up doing some maths this morning. My god-son Vinnie was up at 8 am and his sister Madison ploughed in after breakfast and there was some much-needed golden silence in their household [...]

Blogging and Twitter

July 24th, 2016|Blog, Personal|

In October 2014 I wrote a post about why I blog and tweet (I still don't know what makes a good or a bad blog post by the way!) and then in Feb 2015 I wrote my "idiots guide to Twitter". I suppose the point of this post is to [...]

Well I never!

July 23rd, 2016|DFE, Ofqual|

I have to take my hat off to Ofqual for their recent response to an freedom of information request I made to them .. I'm quite impressed because someone has thought it through and not just sent a standard response. Having seen some payments on their "transparency" data that they [...]

A reminder

July 23rd, 2016|Blog, Personal, Teaching|

Today has been the first time in a few years where we haven't been saying goodbye to someone in the team or saying our own farewells on the last day of term - the department is stable and we have no one leaving either. I know this isn't the case [...]

Grading Part 1

July 21st, 2016|DFE, Ofqual|

Whats the name for an edit comment that appears at the start of a post? Don't know? Me neither ... Well this is one of them ... I started to write this post and it became something else but I've left it as it is ... apologies in advance! This [...]