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August 2020

The worst boy band ever??

2020-09-06T20:04:18+01:00August 28th, 2020|Blog|

So today marks a massive achievement for us at JustMaths and the Kanga Boys (Kangaroo Maths = Steve Lomax and Matt Nixon) … we took delivery of the first edition of the Ready? Set? Go! The Crossover "thing". I have written about the ideas behind it here and also how [...]

May 2020

ITT Support …. Session 2

2020-05-05T10:21:21+01:00May 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Yesterday we finished the last of our initial series of free online support sessions for NQTs/ITTs. This was a series of 2 sessions … a sort of getting ready to teach the new GCSE. I've written about it in more detail on this post ... so this post is just [...]

April 2020

ITT Support …. Session 1

2020-04-28T09:14:56+01:00April 28th, 2020|AQA, Blog, DFE, Ofqual|

Morning! Just a quick post to share some resources  …  following the realisation that ITT students were not going to be able to finish their final teaching placement a few weeks ago, I put out a tweet. I'd been thinking about how nervous most teachers get after just six weeks [...]

March 2020

It wasn’t meant to be like this …

2020-03-22T12:22:57+00:00March 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

This week was one of the hardest weeks of teaching I have known. I know I am not alone and every single person, regardless of your job title who works in schools or elsewhere has been affected. You don't need me to tell you the reasons behind it. The week [...]

May be of use …

2020-03-15T23:00:44+00:00March 15th, 2020|Blog, Edexcel, Resources, Teaching|

We are facing uncertain times - if you do nothing else tomorrow at work tell your headteacher that they are appreciated - for some (most!) of them this week will have been amongst some of the toughest times they will have faced and it doesn't look like it will get [...]

November 2019

Knowing when to open up …

2019-11-05T00:42:47+00:00November 5th, 2019|Personal|

Type. Delete. Type. Delete. Having had a half term break last week where I spent most of it trying (and seemingly failing!) to catch up on JustMaths stuff, today was a tough day back at work. No tougher than lots of you would have found it but I came home [...]

October 2019

Command Words (2 of 4)

2019-10-29T21:24:45+00:00October 29th, 2019|AQA, Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1|

This is the second in a series of posts about literacy in maths. I mentioned in my previous post that this post would explain more about tier 1, 2, and 3 words and also include some further analysis in relation to the higher tier papers. If you are looking for [...]

Command Words (1 of 4)

2019-10-29T21:05:43+00:00October 24th, 2019|AQA, Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

I know! I know! I know! Its been a while but I’ve been busy don’t you know? To which I can almost hear you, dear reader saying “Haven’t we all?” … This is the first of two three four blog posts about the language used in exams … I’ve split [...]

September 2019

JustaRoo??

2019-09-06T20:43:14+01:00September 6th, 2019|Resources|

At one of the early maths conferences I attended, a guy came up to me and introduced himself. Nothing unusual about that I know but this is where Twitter has changed things massively; we talk to each other all the time and then when you meet people in person, the [...]