May 2017

GCSE Maths: Preparing for your exam

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

Countdown “T minus 25”

April 30th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Personal|

I've joked from the very introduction of the new GCSE that I wanted to sit the exam with the year 11 group that would be sitting it for the very first time ... well .. I've only gone and flipping entered! The idea is not to prove that I can [...]

Dual entry ?

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

Mel’s digging her hat out again!

March 14th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ... THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED I’ve only gone and convinced Mel it’s about time to dig out her hat again and offer some free tickets to the JustMaths Conference in June. Back in the Summer term when we were about to launch the ‘Super 60’ [...]

February 2017

Dates for your diary

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 ..

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!

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 [...]

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 [...]

October 2016

Busting to tell you something

October 3rd, 2016|AQA, Edexcel, JustMaths Conference, OCR|

I am rubbish with knowing news that I have been sworn to secrecy with; When it comes to my hubby and friends they know not to expect too much at any celebration event because I've got myself in a right tizz about what they've got that I force them to [...]

August 2016

Summer 2016 entries

August 30th, 2016|AQA, DFE, Edexcel, OCR, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Note that any of the below data is still provisional! It's really important in my mind to understand the numbers involved from this Summer exam for the grading of next Summers GCSE. Partly to be able to hold Ofqual to account but also for me to have a firm grip [...]