April 2017

GCSE 9-1 New content – Product rule for counting

April 29th, 2017|1 - Number, Blog, Resources, Teaching|

I’ve been thinking about some of the new content in the GCSE and wanted to delve a bit deeper into some of the topics – not only to make sure that my understanding of the “learning objectives” are correct but if I’m honest I also think I have a hang [...]

February 2017

Someone sent me an email …

February 1st, 2017|From the Coal Face, Teaching|

I’ve written before about the pressure of making the right/wrong tiering decision -> here but an email I received this week (more about that below) coincided with something I found in the board meeting papers from Ofqual last week that made me go … hmmmmmmmmmmmm then grrrrrrrrrr. The specific piece [...]

September 2016

Code Breakers

September 10th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Resources, Teaching|

We've been thinking about the questions we want students to work through when we get them doing some "actual" work with our "super group" (we team teach a mahoosive group in year 11). After we've done the whole class explanation we usually get them practising a similar question (or questions) [...]

Elegantly simple

September 6th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Teaching|

In all the years that I have known Seager he still manages to pull "a blinder" that takes me by surprise and today was one of those days. I'd asked him for an idea to use with year 7 which involved them just "playing with numbers". It was their first [...]

TeachMeet Core

September 4th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Teaching|

I have a confession ... I've never been to a TeachMeet. Is that wrong? Oh ok ... actually I've been to one but spent the whole time chatting to an old friend in the corridor catching up! Oops! However I am about to put that right on the 14th September [...]


September 3rd, 2016|3 - Shape, Teaching|

This time I'm "grrr'ing" (it IS now a word!) with laughter. Last night the JustMaths team met up to finalise some things for the launch of the Super60 next weekend and the boys thought it would be funny to write this post .... yes, I was there but thought they [...]

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 [...]

A little bit every day – SEPT 2016

September 1st, 2016|From the Coal Face, Resources, Teaching|

File for September and also solutions for August: Monthly Maths - September Monthly Maths -August - SOLUTIONS I'm ready to get back to work, I know everyone is different but for me the point when I haven't a clue what day of the week it is means I need to get [...]

August 2016

Results Plus – QLA – June 2016

August 26th, 2016|Edexcel, Teaching|

I've put together the usual results plus QLA (question level analysis) sheets for the Edexcel 1MA01 June 2016 papers. As usual I have also attached instructions for how to get your download data into them and produce sheets for each student. There are two versions one where you can just [...]

So … Results Day 2016

August 25th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Teaching|

I started writing this late last night but never posted it so I've come back to it this afternoon having been into school and seen the students open their results (and no I didn't cry this year!) so please forgive the way my tenses change throughout the post.  Once again, [...]