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 [...]

September 2016

All I want is transparency

September 27th, 2016|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Is that too much to ask? You may remember that I put a FOI request into Ofqual following their letter to Pearson adjusting grade boundaries upwards ( my blog was here -> ( FOI Request )? Well I've had a response ... actually scrap that ... I've had a non-response. [...]

Teach GCSE Resit in FE?

September 11th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1|

If you are teaching Maths in FE then resits are very close to your heart. Students now have to continue to study Maths if they haven't achieved a grade C in Maths when they move to post-16 education. If they get a D they have to do GCSE and below [...]

the Super 60

September 2nd, 2016|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources, Teaching|

UPDATE: COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! We have been overwhelmed with the response and thank you to everyone that emailed/tweeted/commented or liked our Facebook page. Humbled doesn't even come close! It's Friday night and the JustMaths team are sat in a pub for our regular meeting (drinking diet coke and orange [...]

July 2016

A little bit every day – AUGUST 2016

July 12th, 2016|5 - Misc., NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources|

I'm conscious that some of you finish this week so I've done next months calendar earlier than usual. I'm going to send out to all parents next week as we don't finish until a week on Friday. Here is the file for August -> Monthly Maths -August And the solutions [...]