October 2016

A little every day – October 2016

October 1st, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

File for October maths calender and also solutions for September found below: October -> monthly-maths-october September Solutions -> monthly-maths-september-solutions  

September 2016

Year 7 Resits – Calling all bloggers!

September 29th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Personal, Uncategorized|

Whilst we are waiting for the promised consultation on the year 7 resits (now being called progress tests!) I am going to try to persuade as many "bloggers" (I still don’t consider myself one of those ... I'm a teacher!) as I can, to write a blog post (or should [...]

Mid Week Update

September 28th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

I was away last night having travelled to Margate as I had a 9am meeting - come to think of it, so far Seager has managed to wangle local visits!! hmmm ... oh well ... I'll chuckle to myself this Friday when he is off "oop North" to do some [...]

All I want is transparency

September 27th, 2016|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Is that too much to ask? You may remember that I put a FOI request into Ofqual following their letter to Pearson adjusting grade boundaries upwards ( my blog was here -> ( FOI Request )? Well I've had a response ... actually scrap that ... I've had a non-response. [...]


September 25th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Resources|

I've been thinking a lot about the need for "fluency" (whatever that means!) and how not having a firm grasp of the basic number facts and relationships sometimes holds students back from accessing higher order topics. I think that there is a definite difference between "sums" and "maths". Now, don't [...]

Date for your diary

September 12th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

I was meant to send out a reminder to the next Edexcel collaborative network meeting at Alcester Academy this morning but had a disaster to avert. It's one of my "super powers" allegedly: I was woken up earlier than usual, to be told that we had no water - a [...]

Blown Away – Our WINNERS!

September 12th, 2016|Blog, Resources|

Last night I drew names out of my hat for the giveaway competition the JustMaths "boys" announced a week or so ago. OK so it wasn't a real hat but I did print off my spreadsheet and cut every entry up into slips - as Sunday progressed and responses kept [...]

Teach GCSE Resit in FE?

September 11th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1|

If you are teaching Maths in FE then resits are very close to your heart. Students now have to continue to study Maths if they haven't achieved a grade C in Maths when they move to post-16 education. If they get a D they have to do GCSE and below [...]

Code Breakers

September 10th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Resources, Teaching|

We've been thinking about the questions we want students to work through when we get them doing some "actual" work with our "super group" (we team teach a mahoosive group in year 11). After we've done the whole class explanation we usually get them practising a similar question (or questions) [...]

Elegantly simple

September 6th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Teaching|

In all the years that I have known Seager he still manages to pull "a blinder" that takes me by surprise and today was one of those days. I'd asked him for an idea to use with year 7 which involved them just "playing with numbers". It was their first [...]