Save me from myself …

So we have something that we are working on (you may have noticed the QLA tab at the top of the page) but we can’t decide on a name … so this is your opportunity to help us! If we choose your name we’ll give your school a free subscription to JustMaths online!! In order to come up with something suitable you’ll probably want to know what “IT” is … so here goes …

We are developing the functionality for students to enter their scores from a past paper that they have done and then they will be emailed an alternative paper to do – colour coded (red, amber and green) with similar questions (there will be several alternatives to each question randomly selected so that all students don’t get the same papers) to those on the original papers for them to re-attempt in the order of amber (they know something), red (they know nothing!) and green (they still need the practice) with fully worked solutions. It’s going to be able to produce alternative papers based on all the exam boards for the 9-1 GCSE and then by next Summer we may have the database filled with alternative questions other tests too (think KS2 or A level!)

There will be 3 levels of access that have slightly different functionality; Single student entry (free) via our normal webpage, single student entry via JustMaths Online, the alternative papers for these logged-in students will include links to video solutions to the original question for the student to use to help them “model” the answer to their own version of the question.  The final level of access will let teachers upload the scores from multiple students and then the alternative papers can be emailed direct to the students or to the teacher for them to distribute. I’ve shown a “very” (very!) draft version of what the front page would look like for those JustMath’ers out there.

The intention is that we don’t go down the route of analysis paralysis and we also don’t want to add to teachers workload – we want to pass the responsibility back to the students (no more spoon feeding!) for them to take some action. Everything we have done together (Seager and I) over the last 8 years has had simplicity at the heart of it – we really don’t want to add to anyones workload – what we want to do it to provide students with the opportunity to get some much needed practice and to avoid the excuses about not knowing how to do it, or what to revise, or lost passwords etc etc.

I have told Seager that unless we come up with something I like (his suggestions have been … ummm …. yawn … boring!! things like “practice paper creator”, “exam paper creator” or “exam machine”) I am going to call it Trevor! (nothing wrong with the name by the way … but I just thought we could call it something so very unrelated – a bit like Ikea products) … Imagine telling your students that they can “do a Trevor” … it would be hysterical! He actually said it was “too Welsh” (he hasn’t a clue!) so I then suggested Mfanwy which I actually like because it is derived from the Welsh “annwyl” which means beloved (and this project is a real labour of love). His response to my text was “I read that wrong the first time!!”

Anyway … help!! Just help!! If you don’t help us I fear I’ll end up calling it Trevor so please drop your suggestions on the comments below or drop me an email to [email protected] and you could win a free subscription!

2017-09-29T20:14:28+00:00September 29th, 2017|AQA, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR|


  1. Amy Brookes September 29, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    What about something simple like “personal rag” for the red amber green aspect?

    We have something we do at our place that is very similar (except it is all manual….takes blooming forever so you can imagine how excited I am about this!) And we call it “rag time” and encourage students to start with red and move towards green…..

    Long story short, my suggestion is “Personal Rag” , “Rag Time” or “Rag Paper”

  2. Jill Borcherds September 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    We have used “Mockbuster” or “Exambuster” for similar.

  3. Missy September 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm


  4. Cheeky Freddo September 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    or “On The RAG”?

  5. JustMathsMel September 29, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    hahahahaha … but nope! 😉

  6. JustMathsMel September 29, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    that laughter was aimed at Cheeky Freddo .. not the other suggestions. Thanks all

  7. Helen September 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    A WOW paper? (work on weaknesses)

  8. Helen September 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    ….and can I just say ‘wow’. This sounds amazing!

  9. JustMathsMel September 29, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    ooh nice!!

  10. Kerry September 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Loving the sound of this Mel. Never mind Trevor, how about ERIC, exam review & independence creator. I like the idea of a fun name, revision is hard work so it’s good to lighten the mood!

  11. Jen Hannaway September 29, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    How about PIPs – personalised improvement papers?

  12. Emily Colebourne September 29, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Check and Correct

  13. MissPELegg September 30, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I think the idea is great. We use the MyPLC website for students to RAG their understanding of skills in all subjects but this gives them something extra.. I think using the theme of RAG is a good idea with RAG Time, My RAG, Lets RAG being my preferred.

  14. Anonymous September 30, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Love this! Thank you so much- unfortunately no creativity for name! Love wowtime or ragtime though!

  15. Andrew Dade September 30, 2017 at 7:51 am

    How about Binbwyntio?

  16. Steve Webb September 30, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Upgrade Maths

  17. Stephen Cavadino September 30, 2017 at 8:41 am

    “Mel’s magic machine” hahaha.

    The Hogwarts paper producer.

  18. Elizabeth Panayiotou September 30, 2017 at 11:20 am

    We used to call it DIRT lessons at my old school. Directed improvement, and reflection time.
    Love the idea of a tab called dirt

  19. Sandra Hale September 30, 2017 at 11:22 am

    What about ‘Bananarama Time’ referring to ‘It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it, that’s what gets results’

  20. Alia September 30, 2017 at 11:25 am

    A Snagattack paper
    To iron out the snags in your knowledge and get rid of them

  21. Dawn Abbass September 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    DRIP – Do, Repeat, Improve Progress
    (Also drip feeding instead of drowning them with manageable revision).

  22. Jacqueline September 30, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I liked the idea of Trevor so how about FRED, Focused Revision from Exam Data?

  23. Fiona Murray September 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    RESTART – review everything, set targets and re try! Love this idea, can’t wait to give it a try 😊

  24. Shob October 1, 2017 at 12:13 am

    My suggestion is ‘Scorpion’ as scorpions have evolved to not eat for long periods of time and speed up and slow their metabolic rate in response to their surroundings. May be useful for revising?

  25. Chris October 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    JustPPP (Personalised Paper Producer) or (practise practise practise)

  26. Chris October 1, 2017 at 8:29 pm


  27. Shelley October 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    dont do a ZEBRA – zero effort brings rubbish answers

  28. Helen October 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Brilliant idea! Do you intend to do this for each exam board or will it have an edexcel focus?


  29. Dan October 2, 2017 at 11:15 am

    PEAK – Practicing Exams Aids Knowledge

  30. JustMathsMel October 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    It’ll work for all the boards – might take me some time to create alternative questions and solutions but we’ll get there

  31. Katy October 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    How about DART 🎯


  32. Vince Robert October 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    What about : G.A.P. ? Haven’t a clue what it could stand for but they are about bridging the “gap”.

  33. Terri October 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    What about IQ P, individualised question papers?
    This looks brilliant, we have PLCs that have the student input bit then the teacher analysis bit and the last bit is a personalised strip for the student on each paper which they stick in their books. They then pick 3 topics to turn to green/ purple using textbooks. The parents get a copy of the student PLCs every term. I would love to be able to guide the students to similar questions.

  34. Rakhee Dattani October 15, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Pro improvement?
    Or Practice on weaknesses (POW)

  35. David October 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Just Take 2

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