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 [...]

June 2016 – Best Guess Paper 2

May 27th, 2016|Edexcel|

Below you will find out “Best guess” papers for the higher and foundation tiers for the LINEAR Edexcel Mathematics GCSE paper 2 after half term.   Just to reiterate what I’ve put on the front page of the paper, specifically the Higher tier – the paper is made up of [...]

Summer 2016 – Hit List

May 26th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Uncategorized|

To be honest I think last night/this morning was the MOST NERVOUS I have EVER been before an exam - for reasons unknown to me!. Overall I felt that paper 1 was fair - our "super group" in the main felt that they we well prepared and it gave them [...]

Student talk

May 24th, 2016|Blog|

I've been thinking a lot recently about how to manage student talking when they are working - I suppose it's a result of my quite laid back attitude that I have to work hard at bringing students back on task with a certain group. Most of the time this group [...]

The curious incident of …

May 18th, 2016|Blog|

.. the disappearing entry on the DFE timelines. This evening I got a tweet from Miss Mews (@MissMews1) asking what was happening with the year 7 resits as they had disappeared from the DFE website ... so off I went ... oh hang on ... lets take a step back [...]

I’ll do my homework too!!

May 13th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Teaching|

Just a quickie that I thought I would share. I've been thinking about ways to motivate my "boy-heavy" year 10 group and for them to see the point of homework. I have an issue, in that I haven't yet found something that engages them enough to "want" to do the [...]

Seager goes to London!

May 5th, 2016|DFE|

Occasionally I let Seager write a blog post ... ok I'll be honest I think I've let him write one post in the last 4 years and this is why I'm happy to let him double his blog post count this evening with the below contribution. I don't want to [...]

Moving goalposts

April 30th, 2016|Blog, Ofqual|

Back in March I wrote a blog post about what we did and didn’t know about the new GCSE. However, if Ofqual get their way it looks like it will need updating ... and just when I thought we were starting to know where we are … a week ago [...]

A little bit of maths – MAY 2016

April 26th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1, Uncategorized|

Here you go ... next months calendar. I've been emailing this out to parents of our year 11 AND 10 students ... seems to have gone down well! The original post containing the sheet for April can be found here and the Solutions (for April) are available here - > [...]

Final Countdown

April 19th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Teaching, TES|

I’ve been a bit remiss with this blogging lark, for which you must forgive me. It’s that time of year when the focus has to be our year 11’s … actually I had a few days away at Easter and since we’ve been back at work I’ve been busy putting [...]

You may find that ..

March 29th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1|

... this is interesting rather than useful, but I've been getting lots of emails about assessment (I've just got below 150 for the first time since we set up JustMaths!!) for the new 9-1 GCSE and all I can do is tell you what we're doing in our day jobs. [...]