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 [...]

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 [...]

From the coalface 4 – A level periodic table

July 19th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

I saw a pic this week of an adaptation of the "maths" periodic table and so me, being me I asked if Claire would be happy for me to share .... yay!! She was!! ... and has even done a little intro ... so Ladies & Gents ... from Claire [...]

More with less – Yr 7 catch up funding

July 18th, 2016|Blog, DFE|

So the year 7 catch-up funding has been confirmed again for 2016/17. It’s not something that concerned me greatly until the year 7 resits reared their ugly head and confirmation of how the funding works for this year is just another reason why the resit idea stinks. The fact is, [...]

Year 7 resits were NEVER planned for 16/17

July 14th, 2016|Blog, DFE|

I've got a very open mind about the changes at the DFE but it was good (of course it wasn't!) to see the PR & media machines were at work already when I saw all over my Twitter timeline that the DFE confirmed today there would be "no ... year [...]

A little bit every day – AUGUST 2016

July 12th, 2016|5 - Misc., NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources|

I'm conscious that some of you finish this week so I've done next months calendar earlier than usual. I'm going to send out to all parents next week as we don't finish until a week on Friday. Here is the file for August -> Monthly Maths -August And the solutions [...]

Speeding violation

July 11th, 2016|5 - Misc., From the Coal Face, Resources|

I thought I'd share another great idea that has come from another subject - this time courtesy of GeographyBlog (on twitter as @Geoisamazing)  So I put a shout out for ideas as to what statements could go on a maths versions. Let's just say there were lots - whilst there [...]

Nice one Julia!

July 10th, 2016|From the Coal Face, Resources, Teaching|

During my first (of two) sessions at OCRs maths conference at Queen Mary University last week, the matter of students not having enough "resilience" when learning maths came up. There were lots of nods and general agreement to the comment, at which point I shared this idea (I was "winging" [...]