September 2017

Carnival of Mathematics – 149

2017-09-17T11:18:58+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Blog, Teaching|

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Aperiodical Carnival of Mathematics! The Carnival is a monthly roundup of exciting mathematical blog posts. Last month, it was hosted by Kartik at Comfortably Numbered and this month, it is my honour to host it here.   But first, I thought I’d start with [...]

All change …

2017-09-03T23:07:45+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Uncategorized|

I'm gonna start with an update ... and apologies for the inevitable way that this will sound self-congratulatory but I wanted to say thank you to everyone that sent me luck and wishes in sitting the new GCSE ... if you haven't heard I got a 9! Just in case [...]

July 2017

Access to Scripts

2017-09-03T12:41:53+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel|

Just a quickie ... I'm working through my emails/to do list and so I'm going to apologise in advance because you may find some posts published over the next few days/weeks that seem quite random as I tick things of that bloomin' list!  Anyway ... if you use Pearson/Edexcel and your [...]

“Our Song”

2017-07-19T01:26:35+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Blog, From the Coal Face|

This is being written as a separate post (a sort of sister post to this one) because this isn’t about me. OK … its partly about me … but mainly about an amazing group of year 8 students! Today proved that to me that what we do as classroom teachers [...]

June 2017

Todays embarrassing moment ..

2017-07-02T19:57:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Blog, Personal|

This one is better than falling asleep last week on the train because it all happened in public  ... I swear I am a complete and utter knob at times! This morning I was at one of the Pearson collaborative network meetings and thought: "ooh I like that NAVY LINEN dress" [...]

Crossover 1 – Edexcel

2017-07-03T23:13:31+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Back in January I wrote (in this post-> here ) about how comparability across tiers was going to be ensured by the exam boards and Ofqual. I included some analysis about the percentage of marks available on the “crossover” topics for Edexcel, AQA and OCR; I also went off on [...]

Sooooooo ….

2017-07-02T19:57:02+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Blog, Personal|

At about 8:30 this evening my conversation on the phone with my hubbie went a little like this: Me: Hiya. I'm on the last leg of my train journey - should get in to Brum just after 9. Good day? Him: Yep. You? (he's not a phone person!) Me: Yeah. [...]