September 2016

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 [...]

TeachMeet Core

September 4th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Teaching|

I have a confession ... I've never been to a TeachMeet. Is that wrong? Oh ok ... actually I've been to one but spent the whole time chatting to an old friend in the corridor catching up! Oops! However I am about to put that right on the 14th September [...]

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 [...]

Ofqual letter to Pearson

August 28th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Ofqual|

You wouldn't expect me to let this pass without comment would you? Oh yeah you probably haven't a clue what I'm talking about. On the 12th August Ofqual wrote to Pearson instructing them to adjust their grade boundaries on the 1MAO H paper this Summer. They were instructed to raise [...]

Door handle planning

August 28th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

I've started thinking about lesson planning. I know! (don't hate me! I'm not saying it to make you feel guilty) but I have news that means I have to get ahead of the game and be super organised this year. First the news ... from September, myself and Seager are [...]

Results Plus – QLA – June 2016

August 26th, 2016|Edexcel, Teaching|

I've put together the usual results plus QLA (question level analysis) sheets for the Edexcel 1MA01 June 2016 papers. As usual I have also attached instructions for how to get your download data into them and produce sheets for each student. There are two versions one where you can just [...]

New name for re-marks

August 24th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, OCR, Ofqual|

Before I start I must give my thanks to the OCR Maths team for pointing me in the direction of some useful information about the changes to what you and I will know as "re-marks". They also have a really useful post which you can find here -> OCR Blog. [...]

Just Saying

August 24th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

Now that the Maths team at Edexcel are on Twitter ( @EmporiumMaths ) you can almost guarantee they'll be the first to tweet out grade boundaries etc which they have done this morning. So before the barrage of tweets (they've already started) and blogs about grade boundaries, grade inflation, higher [...]

July 2016

More bunting

July 9th, 2016|5 - Misc., Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1|

So today I finally finished my exam marking. I whinge and moan about it but I genuinely think it helps me understand the requirements of GCSE better. In fact, this Summer I also marked KS2 and that was eye-opening but again, it gave me a better understanding of what our year [...]