August 2016

Ofqual letter to Pearson

2016-08-28T23:39:39+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Ofqual|

You wouldn't expect me to let this pass without comment would you? Oh yeah you probably haven't a clue what I'm talking about. On the 12th August Ofqual wrote to Pearson instructing them to adjust their grade boundaries on the 1MAO H paper this Summer. They were instructed to raise [...]

Door handle planning

2016-09-04T21:03:27+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

I've started thinking about lesson planning. I know! (don't hate me! I'm not saying it to make you feel guilty) but I have news that means I have to get ahead of the game and be super organised this year. First the news ... from September, myself and Seager are [...]

Results Plus – QLA – June 2016

2016-08-26T11:40:37+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Edexcel, Teaching|

I've put together the usual results plus QLA (question level analysis) sheets for the Edexcel 1MA01 June 2016 papers. As usual I have also attached instructions for how to get your download data into them and produce sheets for each student. There are two versions one where you can just [...]

New name for re-marks

2016-08-24T23:38:52+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, OCR, Ofqual|

Before I start I must give my thanks to the OCR Maths team for pointing me in the direction of some useful information about the changes to what you and I will know as "re-marks". They also have a really useful post which you can find here -> OCR Blog. [...]

Just Saying

2016-08-24T08:04:40+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

Now that the Maths team at Edexcel are on Twitter ( @EmporiumMaths ) you can almost guarantee they'll be the first to tweet out grade boundaries etc which they have done this morning. So before the barrage of tweets (they've already started) and blogs about grade boundaries, grade inflation, higher [...]

July 2016

More bunting

2016-07-09T18:35:10+00:00 July 9th, 2016|5 - Misc., Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1|

So today I finally finished my exam marking. I whinge and moan about it but I genuinely think it helps me understand the requirements of GCSE better. In fact, this Summer I also marked KS2 and that was eye-opening but again, it gave me a better understanding of what our year [...]

June 2016

Date for your diary

2016-06-12T23:01:43+00:00 June 12th, 2016|Edexcel|

Just a reminder that the next meeting of the collaborative network we host at Alcester is this Friday (17th June). Time: 12 noon until 3pm. Venue: Alcester Academy I have just emailed the usual attendees with an updated agenda so if you haven't booked your place please do so (Dave: [...]

May 2016

June 2016 – Best Guess Paper 2

2016-06-08T00:03:29+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Edexcel|

Below you will find out “Best guess” papers for the higher and foundation tiers for the LINEAR Edexcel Mathematics GCSE paper 2 after half term.   Just to reiterate what I’ve put on the front page of the paper, specifically the Higher tier – the paper is made up of [...]

Summer 2016 – Hit List

2016-05-26T23:44:25+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Uncategorized|

To be honest I think last night/this morning was the MOST NERVOUS I have EVER been before an exam - for reasons unknown to me!. Overall I felt that paper 1 was fair - our "super group" in the main felt that they we well prepared and it gave them [...]