August 2016

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 [...]

Not another BREXIT blog

July 1st, 2016|Blog, DFE, Edexcel, Ofqual, Teaching|

I'm going to be true to my word and this post isn't going to be about BREXIT. ... ummm ... oh ... ummmm ... (imagine me swaying from foot to foot as I try to think of a way to sweeten this)... well ... ummm ... it "sort of" is [...]

June 2016

Date for your diary

June 12th, 2016|Edexcel|

Just a reminder that the next meeting of the collaborative network we host at Alcester is this Friday (17th June). Time: 12 noon until 3pm. Venue: Alcester Academy I have just emailed the usual attendees with an updated agenda so if you haven't booked your place please do so (Dave: [...]

May 2016

June 2016 – Best Guess Paper 2

May 27th, 2016|Edexcel|

Below you will find out “Best guess” papers for the higher and foundation tiers for the LINEAR Edexcel Mathematics GCSE paper 2 after half term.   Just to reiterate what I’ve put on the front page of the paper, specifically the Higher tier – the paper is made up of [...]

Summer 2016 – Hit List

May 26th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Uncategorized|

To be honest I think last night/this morning was the MOST NERVOUS I have EVER been before an exam - for reasons unknown to me!. Overall I felt that paper 1 was fair - our "super group" in the main felt that they we well prepared and it gave them [...]

I’ll do my homework too!!

May 13th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Teaching|

Just a quickie that I thought I would share. I've been thinking about ways to motivate my "boy-heavy" year 10 group and for them to see the point of homework. I have an issue, in that I haven't yet found something that engages them enough to "want" to do the [...]

April 2016

Final Countdown

April 19th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Teaching, TES|

I’ve been a bit remiss with this blogging lark, for which you must forgive me. It’s that time of year when the focus has to be our year 11’s … actually I had a few days away at Easter and since we’ve been back at work I’ve been busy putting [...]

March 2016

Edexcel Warwick Conference 2016

March 24th, 2016|Edexcel|

Graham emailed out today (do I need to say Graham Cumming? surely its obvious who I mean?) with details about the Edexcel (or is it Pearson?) 6th Mathematics conference at Warwick (my old uni! no .. he didn't mention this in his email) on Saturday 2 July 2016. He also [...]

Grahams Marvellous Drawers

March 13th, 2016|Edexcel, Resources|

I've written about the delights you'll find in the cabinets on Edexcel's emporium before and recently Graham (weird how I only need to mention "Graham" and everyone knows who I mean!!)  emailed out some new booklets that have been made for "DIY type" questions and also one which I know [...]