April 2017


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

A little every day – APRIL 2017

March 31st, 2017|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1|

Here you go … APRIL'S calendar. The original post containing the sheet for March 2017 can be found here and the Solutions (for March 2017) are available here – > Monthly Maths - March 2017 - SOLUTIONS PS: Solutions for April will be published when I do the one for May!


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 [...]

Mel’s digging her hat out again!

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

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ... THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED 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’ [...]

January 2017

From the coalface 5

January 3rd, 2017|Blog, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1|

Occasionally I open up the blog to others to write a post or two ... (don't worry Seager isn't getting another chance ... EVER!). Some of the motives for doing this stem from being able to offer a different view on life at the coalface but also because I find [...]

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

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 [...]

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

They know that I know!

October 19th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources, Uncategorized|

We've just finished our first assessment cycle (well .. one more paper to go with year 9's tomorrow!) and we've done the whole RAG'ing of questions and reviewed the papers so when someone asked me last week if we re-test students it really made me think. The answer is no [...]

Being systematic

October 11th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources, Uncategorized|

I love teaching my year 9 group. I've taught them for 2 years now and in the main, they are really up for having a go at most things I give them and they usually try their best. There are times when they're a little loud but they are such [...]