March 2017

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 [...]

April 2016

A little bit of maths – MAY 2016

April 26th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1, Uncategorized|

Here you go ... next months calendar. I've been emailing this out to parents of our year 11 AND 10 students ... seems to have gone down well! The original post containing the sheet for April can be found here and the Solutions (for April) are available here - > [...]

December 2015

National Reference Tests .. again!

December 6th, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|

The National Reference Tests (NRTs)  made the headlines again last week in this article on the TES website about how the results from the new tests which are designed to indicate whether GCSE grades should be allowed to rise are unlikely to be used until 2019 and suggests that exam results [...]

Book expectations

December 5th, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|

Back in June I wrote about having a modus operandii across the department for our expectations in terms of book presentation and it is having a massive impact on what I am seeing in the books. We aren't "there" yet but certainly making massive inroads in just a term! … [...]