October 2016

#Teacher5adayBuddyBox

2017-07-02T19:57:05+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Blog, Personal|

A few weeks ago I had a phone call to say that a parcel had arrived for me in reception. I'd thought it was just something my hubbie had ordered from eBay and could wait - the new beard trimmer he had ordered a week or so before (that we [...]

Couldn’t let it pass by without …

2017-07-02T19:57:05+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Blog, DFE|

The above was me last week!! You can't have failed to notice that last week, in a speech about primary assessment Justine Greening announced that the government "will not introduce statutory mathematics and reading resits on children’s arrival in year 7." It seems that sense (for once) has been seen [...]

September 2016

Mid Week Update

2017-07-02T19:57:05+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

I was away last night having travelled to Margate as I had a 9am meeting - come to think of it, so far Seager has managed to wangle local visits!! hmmm ... oh well ... I'll chuckle to myself this Friday when he is off "oop North" to do some [...]

All I want is transparency

2017-07-02T19:57:05+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Is that too much to ask? You may remember that I put a FOI request into Ofqual following their letter to Pearson adjusting grade boundaries upwards ( my blog was here -> ( FOI Request )? Well I've had a response ... actually scrap that ... I've had a non-response. [...]

Fluency

2017-07-02T19:57:06+00:00 September 25th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Resources|

I've been thinking a lot about the need for "fluency" (whatever that means!) and how not having a firm grasp of the basic number facts and relationships sometimes holds students back from accessing higher order topics. I think that there is a definite difference between "sums" and "maths". Now, don't [...]