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 [...]

OMG … what a night!

June 26th, 2016|Blog, TES|

Friday saw ten of us from Alcester Academy which is where we work as our day jobs, (otherwise it'd be just plain weird) making our way down to the bright lights of London to attend the TES Awards ... we were extremely excited having been shortlisted for two awards: Maths [...]

Celebrate the Teaching of Maths Day

June 21st, 2016|Blog, Teaching|

Both 28 and 6 are 'perfect' numbers so the 28th June is a 'perfect' day to celebrate the teaching of mathematics! Steve Lomax (from the GLOW Maths hub /Kangaroo Maths) sent me the following, the "S-word" reference did make me chuckle and I think it is a great idea. During [...]

Matchsticks

June 15th, 2016|Blog, Resources, Teaching|

Yesterday I sparked up my hard drive with all my old resources on (I was looking for something and rediscovered a treasure trove of stuff I have made, used, stolen or magpied over the years but forgotten about!) for the first time in about 18 months and came across something [...]

Date for your diary

June 12th, 2016|Edexcel|

Just a reminder that the next meeting of the collaborative network we host at Alcester is this Friday (17th June). Time: 12 noon until 3pm. Venue: Alcester Academy I have just emailed the usual attendees with an updated agenda so if you haven't booked your place please do so (Dave: [...]

MMSA letter to Nicky Morgan

June 11th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Teaching, TES|

In case you haven't seen it the MMSA (the Meeting of Mathematics Subject Associations)* have written an openly published letter to Nicky Morgan (and sent to some of the media too!) expressing their concerns about the year 7 tests that the government proposes to introduce next year and requesting the [...]

Letter to Alcester Academy

June 10th, 2016|Blog, DFE, From the Coal Face|

Over the half term I wrote a blog post about how the school we work at appearing on a "list" on the DFE website that were supposed to have received a letter of congratulations (in relation to 2015 results) from Nick Gibb but weirdly our gaffer at work had never [...]

From the coalface III

June 6th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources, Teaching|

I get sent ideas all the time about ideas from other people - usually as a result of me liking something on Twitter and then asking if I can steal magpie their ideas. You know I have this inbox that keeps flipping growing but I promise I will get round [...]

More year 7 resits …

June 4th, 2016|DFE|

So many times I've sat reading blogs or articles in which there is a call for action and I think "yes, I must get involved. I must do something to help that cause" and then the moment passes and it never happens. Life is just very busy.  Well I'm urging [...]

Perusing the DFE website …

June 1st, 2016|Blog, DFE, Teaching|

So ... the other evening I was checking to see if there were any updates on the DFE site (doesn't everyone do this on a regular basis? Nope? Just me then!) and came across this page and as I scrolled down I noticed some documents about congratulatory letters sent out [...]

A little bit every day – JUNE 2016

May 31st, 2016|5 - Misc., Blog, Resources, Teaching|

The below is the maths calendar for June 2016 - I'll be sending out to all parents of years 10 and possibly year 9 next week when we're back - along with the solutions for May 2016 Monthly Maths - June Previous months can be found on the links below: [...]