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 [...]

Mel’s digging her hat out again!

March 14th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

I’ve only gone and convinced Mel it’s about time to dig out her hat again and offer some free tickets to the JustMaths Conference in June. Back in the Summer term when we were about to launch the ‘Super 60’ we wanted to celebrate the event with a prize draw [...]

February 2017

Dates for your diary

February 5th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, OCR|

Just a quickie to let you know about the forthcoming dates for the collaborative network meetings that Pearson Edexcel run. If you haven't been to one you need to get yourself involved - the emphasis in these meetings is meant to be on teaching and learning, rather than exam focus [...]

December 2016

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 [...]

November 2016

More dates

November 22nd, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

For one reason or another myself and Seager are not doing any collaborative network meetings next week but don't be thinking that means I'll be sat drinking tea and getting my nails done! Instead the maths team at Edexcel have arranged for us to do some additional support sessions that [...]

H v F … What if we make the wrong decision?

November 2nd, 2016|AQA, Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

A couple of weeks ago, whilst wrapped up with my quilt, suffering with a bout of manflu I used the opportunity to have another look at the SAMs, specimens and practice papers alongside marking and collating the results from my year 10 class following their recent assessments. Additionally, I spent [...]

October 2016

Busting to tell you something

October 3rd, 2016|AQA, Edexcel, JustMaths Conference, OCR|

I am rubbish with knowing news that I have been sworn to secrecy with; When it comes to my hubby and friends they know not to expect too much at any celebration event because I've got myself in a right tizz about what they've got that I force them to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]