March 2017

Mel’s digging her hat out again!

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

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’ we wanted to celebrate the event with a prize draw [...]

Stepping into the void

March 10th, 2017|Blog, Ofqual|

So it's late ... I know! VERY late but I can't sleep.  This is nothing new to me so don't be thinking I'm losing it ... but it does seem worse at the minute. Too many unknowns and we are marking mocks at the minute so maybe that has something to do with [...]

January 2017

Common Questions – New 9-1 GCSE

January 7th, 2017|Blog, Ofqual|

I'm just gonna say it ... I think I need to get a life! I've been doing some work following the letter I've had from Ofqual in response to my own letter to them where I raised the matter of how comparability across tiers was being ensured. You can see [...]

December 2016

What we know and what we don’t know – 9-1 GRADING

December 12th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

To avoid raising my blood pressure every time someone posts something about grading that isn't right I thought I'd collate how it is actually going to work in one post and leave it pinned to the top of the blog so that I can keep referring people to it.  I [...]

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 [...]

Grading consultation Part 3 – New Maths GCSE 9-1

December 11th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

The week before last, Ofqual published another consultation on grading (I know!! 7 months to go!!) which on the face of it looks like they're tidying up the "subject level conditions and requirements for mathematics" and in my opinion, in the main, it is just that. To be honest there [...]

November 2016

A letter to Ofqual

November 18th, 2016|Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

JUST BECAUSE THIS MADE ME CHUCKLE .. Mel x EDIT: I've had a response ... I have added it to the bottom of this post. Very detailed and allays lots of fears! OMG ... did I just say that?? Myself and Seager have met so many people on [...]

Oi! Listen up … Accountability Measures

November 5th, 2016|DFE, Ofqual|

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet.  On Friday I tweeted a poll asking a simple question: The given options were: Grade 4,Grade 4 for 2 yrs then a 5 or Grade 5. As of this morning (5th November) 521 people have responded (the poll still has [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]