July 2017

Crossover 2 – OCR

2017-07-03T23:39:13+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

This is the second post looking at the percentage of questions that were on both tiers in the first live sitting of the exam - part 1 included the stats from Pearson/Edexcels papers and this one is for OCR. As previously, I should remind you that “at least 20%” on [...]

June 2017

This is just wrong …

2017-07-02T19:57:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|DFE, Ofqual|

I can't let this pass without comment ... the DFE need to sort this out ... it's a fecking mess !! Let me remind you that in March Justine Greening wrote to the Education Select Committee (letter -> here ) and in this she states "Where employers, FE providers and universities currently [...]

Crossover 1 – Edexcel

2017-07-03T23:13:31+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Back in January I wrote (in this post-> here ) about how comparability across tiers was going to be ensured by the exam boards and Ofqual. I included some analysis about the percentage of marks available on the “crossover” topics for Edexcel, AQA and OCR; I also went off on [...]

‘Tis done

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|AQA, DFE, OCR, Ofqual, WJEC|

So paper 3 is done and dusted. 'Tis done. 'Tis finished. At just after 10:30 am this morning I could almost feel maths teachers everywhere breathing a massive sigh of relief. (I promise I will write up my experience of sitting the exam as an external candidate but time ... [...]

April 2017

Dual entry ?

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 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

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 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

Seriously

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 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 [...]

Stepping into the void

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 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

2017-07-03T23:34:38+00:00 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 [...]