January 2017

Three Rings

January 18th, 2017|DFE|

If you don't know what I mean by "three rings" then you are waaaaaaayyyyy too young! Do I have to explain this? In the "olden" days we used to use an old-fashioned phone (I know!) to ring our mates/mum and let it ring just 3 times to let them know [...]

December 2016

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

A letter to Ofqual

November 18th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

JUST BECAUSE THIS MADE ME CHUCKLE .. Mel x EDIT: I've had a response ... I have added it to the bottom of this post. Very detailed and allays lots of fears! OMG ... did I just say that?? Myself and Seager have met so many people on [...]

Oi! Listen up … Accountability Measures

November 5th, 2016|DFE, Ofqual|

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet.  On Friday I tweeted a poll asking a simple question: The given options were: Grade 4,Grade 4 for 2 yrs then a 5 or Grade 5. As of this morning (5th November) 521 people have responded (the poll still has [...]

October 2016

Couldn’t let it pass by without …

October 25th, 2016|Blog, DFE|

The above was me last week!! You can't have failed to notice that last week, in a speech about primary assessment Justine Greening announced that the government "will not introduce statutory mathematics and reading resits on children’s arrival in year 7." It seems that sense (for once) has been seen [...]

September 2016

Don’t Panic !

September 1st, 2016|DFE, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

I've edited this post to make it a bit clearer! As you do ... I have been looking at the DFE and Ofqual publications page of the .gov site (I used to read books before sleeping now I read this sh1te! .. no seriously!) and I came across something that [...]

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 [...]