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July 2021

The why?

2021-07-19T01:20:02+01:00July 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Why we do what we do has been on my mind recently (I mean teaching!). It's been the most bizarre 18 months of most of our lives and the world feels like it has got a lot smaller. Yesterday I saw an ex student. I was walking into a supermarket [...]

June 2021

“Exams” exams ??

2021-06-15T00:14:35+01:00June 14th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

Dear Teachers, I hope you’re keeping well and that your TAGs have been put to bed or at the least you can see the end is in sight! Just a note to say that you’re all doing an amazing job but also to ask if any of you guys got [...]

January 2021

Ofqual consultation PART 1

2021-01-17T00:57:18+00:00January 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|

EDIT: Sorry for the length … I got a little carried away and have cut this into 2 blog posts! I’ve now been mulling this over for 24 hours as I didn’t want to blog about the consultation released by Ofqual on Friday afternoon in the heat of the moment. [...]

December 2020

Its Merry Christmas from him … and me too!

2020-12-15T12:34:36+00:00December 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

If you don't follow Graham Cummings personal Twitter account (@MathsNot) you need to! Graham is genuinely one of the nicest blokes I know - he will freely share his expertise and I know how much the maths community welcome his insight and dare I say it ... his humour. Over [...]

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 [...]