July 2017

“Our Song”

2017-07-19T01:26:35+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Blog, From the Coal Face|

This is being written as a separate post (a sort of sister post to this one) because this isn’t about me. OK … its partly about me … but mainly about an amazing group of year 8 students! Today proved that to me that what we do as classroom teachers [...]

June 2017

Todays embarrassing moment ..

2017-07-02T19:57:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Blog, Personal|

This one is better than falling asleep last week on the train because it all happened in public  ... I swear I am a complete and utter knob at times! This morning I was at one of the Pearson collaborative network meetings and thought: "ooh I like that NAVY LINEN dress" [...]

Crossover 1 – Edexcel

2017-07-03T23:13:31+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Back in January I wrote (in this post-> here ) about how comparability across tiers was going to be ensured by the exam boards and Ofqual. I included some analysis about the percentage of marks available on the “crossover” topics for Edexcel, AQA and OCR; I also went off on [...]

Sooooooo ….

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Blog, Personal|

At about 8:30 this evening my conversation on the phone with my hubbie went a little like this: Me: Hiya. I'm on the last leg of my train journey - should get in to Brum just after 9. Good day? Him: Yep. You? (he's not a phone person!) Me: Yeah. [...]

May 2017

Edexcel Legacy Practice Questions

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel|

The marvellous Emma Bell has put together some practice questions for the final Edexcel 1MA0 paper EVER! ** sniffs back a tear** and she has agreed that it was ok to share here for those of you looking for some extra practice questions for students to do over the next [...]

Best Guess Papers .. yeah right!

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Blog|

EDIT: F YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME PRACTICE PAPERS BETWEN PAPER 2 AND PAPER 3 ...YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT THIS POST I bet that blog title got your attention ... you may well be disappointed! We aren't producing "best guess" papers or predicted papers this year BUT what [...]

Just Saying Part 1: 2017

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Blog, Uncategorized|

Over the last couple of years I've written a couple of blog posts that I end up referring people to when faced with queries just to save myself repeating myself and this is one of them .. to be honest this one has been in my draft folder and I'm trying to [...]

GCSE 9-1 New content – Venn Diagrams

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Blog|

For those of you that have been around a bit … (I mean teaching for a while and I'm not insinuating anything else ;-) !!) you will have taught these before. They’re a bit of a hokey-cokey topic – one minute they’re in the formal programme of study as dictated by [...]

Recruitment & retention

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Blog|

We don't have a recruitment problem (ok we may have a recruitment problem!) but I know lots of new teachers who came into the profession having spoken to a teacher who was able to enthuse them enough for them to make the decision and go into teaching! I have spoken [...]