June 2017

‘Tis done

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|AQA, DFE, OCR, Ofqual, WJEC|

So paper 3 is done and dusted. 'Tis done. 'Tis finished. At just after 10:30 am this morning I could almost feel maths teachers everywhere breathing a massive sigh of relief. (I promise I will write up my experience of sitting the exam as an external candidate but time ... [...]

May 2017

GCSE Maths: Preparing for your exam

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 May 10th, 2017|AQA, Blog, Edexcel|

For the last couple of years Graham (Cumming .. of course!) has been sending out some additional reminders for both students and teachers a few weeks before the exams. This year has been no different and he has kindly given me permission to share on here too (to which I've added [...]

April 2017

Dual entry ?

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 April 26th, 2017|AQA, Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

Back in December 2015 the DFE published a document ->  GCSE_Early_Entry_Guidance that clarified some rules about "early entry" - you may remember when new early entry rules for key stage 4 qualifications were announced on September 29 2013 (I remember it well!) that only a pupil’s first entry to a key stage 4 qualification [...]

March 2017

February 2017

Dates for your diary

2017-07-02T19:57:04+00:00 February 5th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, OCR|

Just a quickie to let you know about the forthcoming dates for the collaborative network meetings that Pearson Edexcel run. If you haven't been to one you need to get yourself involved - the emphasis in these meetings is meant to be on teaching and learning, rather than exam focus [...]

December 2016

H v F ..

2017-07-02T19:57:04+00:00 December 11th, 2016|AQA, DFE, Edexcel, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

No-one knows what the boundaries for any grade are going to be next Summer; There is lots of second guessing going on and I've seen some things that are glaringly wrong and I've seen some things that are founded on good common sense but what is obvious is that the [...]

November 2016

Get involved!

2017-07-02T19:57:04+00:00 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 [...]

October 2016