May 2017

Mathematical fiddle “things”

May 13th, 2017|3 - Shape, Blog, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources|

Ever since I watched the above clip from Vi Hart I’ve been fascinated with flexagons and so one night this week I made my very own trihexaflexagon. It was after I’d marked a test for one of my classes and even though we’ve spent lessons and lessons on circles there [...]

April 2017

Countdown “T minus 25”

April 30th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Personal|

I've joked from the very introduction of the new GCSE that I wanted to sit the exam with the year 11 group that would be sitting it for the very first time ... well .. I've only gone and flipping entered! The idea is not to prove that I can [...]

Dual entry ?

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 [...]

Thinking

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!

Seriously

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 [...]