April 2017

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 [...]

WINNERS

April 2nd, 2017|Blog, JustMaths Conference, Uncategorized|

It's my birthday weekend and here I am giving away stuff !! I've done the drawer for the 10 free tickets to our conference -> I think I have a little bit of OCD about this whole thing and want everyone to know that it's all above board - I've sat and [...]

March 2017

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 [...]

What are we testing?

March 19th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, From the Coal Face, Resources, Uncategorized|

Ramblings of a mad woman probably but I'm trying to get my head around ways to work with our current and future cohorts to overcome issues whereby some students do this: Read the question Decide they aren't going to be able to FINISH the question Don't even start having a go [...]

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

Year 7 Resits – Calling all bloggers!

September 29th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Personal, Uncategorized|

Whilst we are waiting for the promised consultation on the year 7 resits (now being called progress tests!) I am going to try to persuade as many "bloggers" (I still don’t consider myself one of those ... I'm a teacher!) as I can, to write a blog post (or should [...]

Don’t Panic !

September 1st, 2016|DFE, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

I've edited this post to make it a bit clearer! As you do ... I have been looking at the DFE and Ofqual publications page of the .gov site (I used to read books before sleeping now I read this sh1te! .. no seriously!) and I came across something that [...]

August 2016

Summer 2016 entries

August 30th, 2016|AQA, DFE, Edexcel, OCR, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Note that any of the below data is still provisional! It's really important in my mind to understand the numbers involved from this Summer exam for the grading of next Summers GCSE. Partly to be able to hold Ofqual to account but also for me to have a firm grip [...]

May 2016

Summer 2016 – Hit List

May 26th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Uncategorized|

To be honest I think last night/this morning was the MOST NERVOUS I have EVER been before an exam - for reasons unknown to me!. Overall I felt that paper 1 was fair - our "super group" in the main felt that they we well prepared and it gave them [...]