April 2019

The joy of stats!

2019-04-24T17:24:27+01:00April 24th, 2019|AQA, DFE, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

If you've come here looking for me to bang on about how wonderful statistics is ... you've come to the wrong place - not that I don't love stats but now is not the time! I've been doing some analysis of the first 4 sittings of the new maths GCSE's [...]

June 2018

January 2018

I’ve a confession

2018-01-14T12:57:31+01:00January 12th, 2018|AQA, Blog, DFE, Edexcel, OCR, Ofqual|

I have a confession …. I know haters are gonna hate … but I’m going to tell you anyway! I’m not actually in the UK I’m sat in a hotel bar in the French Alps as I’ve managed to wangle the first week of term off as a holiday! It [...]

July 2017

Crossover 2 – OCR

2017-07-03T23:39:13+01:00July 3rd, 2017|DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

This is the second post looking at the percentage of questions that were on both tiers in the first live sitting of the exam - part 1 included the stats from Pearson/Edexcels papers and this one is for OCR. As previously, I should remind you that “at least 20%” on [...]

June 2017

This is just wrong …

2017-07-02T19:57:01+01:00June 28th, 2017|DFE, Ofqual|

I can't let this pass without comment ... the DFE need to sort this out ... it's a fecking mess !! Let me remind you that in March Justine Greening wrote to the Education Select Committee (letter -> here ) and in this she states "Where employers, FE providers and universities currently [...]

Crossover 1 – Edexcel

2017-07-03T23:13:31+01:00June 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 [...]

‘Tis done

2017-07-02T19:57:02+01:00June 14th, 2017|AQA, DFE, OCR, Ofqual, WJEC|

So paper 3 is done and dusted. 'Tis done. 'Tis finished. At just after 10:30 am this morning I could almost feel maths teachers everywhere breathing a massive sigh of relief. (I promise I will write up my experience of sitting the exam as an external candidate but time ... [...]

April 2017

Dual entry ?

2017-07-02T19:57:03+01:00April 26th, 2017|AQA, Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

Back in December 2015 the DFE published a document ->  GCSE_Early_Entry_Guidance that clarified some rules about "early entry" - you may remember when new early entry rules for key stage 4 qualifications were announced on September 29 2013 (I remember it well!) that only a pupil’s first entry to a key stage 4 qualification [...]


2017-07-02T19:57:03+01:00April 6th, 2017|Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Whether or not you agree with the 4/5 change that was announced last week (some people do! read the comments at the end of my blog post -> here ), the fact is that Nicky Morgan (and yes I know she's gone!) together with Nick Clegg (him too!!) pledged as part of their [...]

March 2017


2017-07-02T19:57:03+01:00March 29th, 2017|Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Gobsmacked. That is the only word I can use to describe the announcement today that Justine Greening made via a letter to the Education Select Committee. (BTW If any of the committee are reading this I suggest you clear the diary in Autumn because I suspect you will be opening an [...]

Paper 1 ... Check! 

So that's paper 1 done - now get yourself booked on the JustMaths conference before half term!