July 2017

Crossover 2 – OCR

2017-07-03T23:39:13+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

This is the second post looking at the percentage of questions that were on both tiers in the first live sitting of the exam - part 1 included the stats from Pearson/Edexcels papers and this one is for OCR. As previously, I should remind you that “at least 20%” on [...]

June 2017

This is just wrong …

2017-07-02T19:57:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|DFE, Ofqual|

I can't let this pass without comment ... the DFE need to sort this out ... it's a fecking mess !! Let me remind you that in March Justine Greening wrote to the Education Select Committee (letter -> here ) and in this she states "Where employers, FE providers and universities currently [...]

‘Tis done

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|AQA, DFE, OCR, Ofqual, WJEC|

So paper 3 is done and dusted. 'Tis done. 'Tis finished. At just after 10:30 am this morning I could almost feel maths teachers everywhere breathing a massive sigh of relief. (I promise I will write up my experience of sitting the exam as an external candidate but time ... [...]

April 2017

Dual entry ?

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 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 [...]


2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Whether or not you agree with the 4/5 change that was announced last week (some people do! read the comments at the end of my blog post -> here ), the fact is that Nicky Morgan (and yes I know she's gone!) together with Nick Clegg (him too!!) pledged as part of their [...]

March 2017


2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Gobsmacked. That is the only word I can use to describe the announcement today that Justine Greening made via a letter to the Education Select Committee. (BTW If any of the committee are reading this I suggest you clear the diary in Autumn because I suspect you will be opening an [...]

January 2017

Three Rings

2017-07-02T19:57:04+00:00 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

H v F ..

2017-07-02T19:57:04+00:00 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

2017-07-02T19:57:04+00:00 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 [...]