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 [...]

Grading consultation Part 3 – New Maths GCSE 9-1

December 11th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

The week before last, Ofqual published another consultation on grading (I know!! 7 months to go!!) which on the face of it looks like they're tidying up the "subject level conditions and requirements for mathematics" and in my opinion, in the main, it is just that. To be honest there [...]

A little every day – December 2016

November 24th, 2016|Blog, Resources|

The file for the December maths calendar and also solutions for November one can be found below and to prove I'm not an ogre I've put Christmas day down as a day "off": December -> Monthly Maths - December November Solutions -> November - SOLUTIONS

More dates

November 22nd, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

For one reason or another myself and Seager are not doing any collaborative network meetings next week but don't be thinking that means I'll be sat drinking tea and getting my nails done! Instead the maths team at Edexcel have arranged for us to do some additional support sessions that [...]

Presentation “watch”

November 20th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face|

I've been a little quiet on the "teaching" blog front recently because we're all so pre-occupied with the new GCSE. I am sooooo looking forward to when it is no longer "new" and we, as teachers get more of a grip on what a grade 5 etc looks and feels [...]

Get involved!

November 19th, 2016|AQA, Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR|

This idea came out of our last Edexcel network meeting at Alcester whereby we discussed the impossible task of allocating grades given that none of the exam boards are able to give the slightest guidance. After a discussion we agreed that it would be useful to share anonymous student marks [...]

A letter to Ofqual

November 18th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

JUST BECAUSE THIS MADE ME CHUCKLE .. Mel x Myself and Seager have met so many people on our travels over the last couple of months and it is evident that there are still so many of you losing sleep about grade boundaries and tiers of entry. Well [...]

Oi! Listen up … Accountability Measures

November 5th, 2016|DFE, Ofqual|

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet.  On Friday I tweeted a poll asking a simple question: The given options were: Grade 4,Grade 4 for 2 yrs then a 5 or Grade 5. As of this morning (5th November) 521 people have responded (the poll still has [...]

H v F … What if we make the wrong decision?

November 2nd, 2016|AQA, Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

A couple of weeks ago, whilst wrapped up with my quilt, suffering with a bout of manflu I used the opportunity to have another look at the SAMs, specimens and practice papers alongside marking and collating the results from my year 10 class following their recent assessments. Additionally, I spent [...]

27th June 2017 – JustMaths “thang”

October 31st, 2016|JustMaths Conference|

Last Thursday saw me and Seager driving to the proposed venue for our "thang" next June and he only went and got us lost again!! We eventually arrived safe and sound ... and also late! Our visit involved confirming that the venue could hold the number of people we've got [...]

#Teacher5adayBuddyBox

October 27th, 2016|Blog, Personal|

A few weeks ago I had a phone call to say that a parcel had arrived for me in reception. I'd thought it was just something my hubbie had ordered from eBay and could wait - the new beard trimmer he had ordered a week or so before (that we [...]