March 2017

What are we testing?

March 19th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, From the Coal Face, Resources, Uncategorized|

Ramblings of a mad woman probably but I'm trying to get my head around ways to work with our current and future cohorts to overcome issues whereby some students do this: Read the question Decide they aren't going to be able to FINISH the question Don't even start having a go [...]

Stepping into the void

March 10th, 2017|Blog, Ofqual|

So it's late ... I know! VERY late but I can't sleep.  This is nothing new to me so don't be thinking I'm losing it ... but it does seem worse at the minute. Too many unknowns and we are marking mocks at the minute so maybe that has something to do with [...]

February 2017

A little every day – MARCH 2017

February 21st, 2017|Blog|

The file for the March maths calendar and also solutions for the February one can be found below. I'm not really here ... don't be silly ... its flipping half term for some of us so I'm hopefully half way up a mountain! March 2017 ->  Monthly Maths - March 2017 [...]

January 2017

A little every day .. February 2017

January 31st, 2017|Blog, Resources|

Short and sweet ... Calender for Feb can be found here -> Monthly Maths - February 2017 NOTE: I'll update this post with the solutions for January up tomorrow as I'm a world away from home at the minute - somewhere up north!!  Update: Jan Solutions can be found here [...]

Common Questions – New 9-1 GCSE

January 7th, 2017|Blog, Ofqual|

I'm just gonna say it ... I think I need to get a life! I've been doing some work following the letter I've had from Ofqual in response to my own letter to them where I raised the matter of how comparability across tiers was being ensured. You can see [...]

From the coalface 5

January 3rd, 2017|Blog, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1|

Occasionally I open up the blog to others to write a post or two ... (don't worry Seager isn't getting another chance ... EVER!). Some of the motives for doing this stem from being able to offer a different view on life at the coalface but also because I find [...]

December 2016

A little every day – JANUARY 2017

December 22nd, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

I did mean to get these posted last week but sometimes forget how manic the end of term is ... just starting to chill out - it's only taken 4 days! The file for the January maths calendar and also solutions for the December one can be found below: January [...]

What we know and what we don’t know – 9-1 GRADING

December 12th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

To avoid raising my blood pressure every time someone posts something about grading that isn't right I thought I'd collate how it is actually going to work in one post and leave it pinned to the top of the blog so that I can keep referring people to it.  I [...]

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 [...]

November 2016

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