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Ms Steel Maths

I like to make things, get over excited about spreadsheets, enjoy maths and get bored easily all of which explains why I love teaching.

Two year GCSE update

I did a session at the GCSE resits conference about the 2 year GCSE.

I was going to write it up as a blog post (and still might) but today is not a work day and the sun is shining so I’m making pancakes for breakfast and taking the dogs out to the Peak district instead! Continue reading “Two year GCSE update”

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Knitting and what it means to me

For as long as I can remember I’ve made things. My Gran and Nanna taught me to knit, crochet, sew and make lace. It’s always just been something I’ve done but I’ve noticed recently how much it actually means to me. Whenever I make things I think about them both and I’m grateful for everything they taught me.

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Being a feminist and a teacher – Leadership

My Gran was a head teacher, my Nanna taught pretty much every craft you can imagine and my Mum is an educational psychologist. I grew up with fantastic strong female role models working in education so I guess it’s not a surprise I grew up to be a teacher and a feminist.

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Playing the funding game

A while ago there was a big announcement about £600 funding for additional maths students at level 3. Straight away there were questions about the use of the word additional. Today there was a much quieter announcement about what additional actually means in this context.

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Unicorns and bicycles

My highlight of BETT this year was this robot unicorn and today I’ve been to pick up my new bike. They don’t seem massively connected but both showed why women are needed on design teams.

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GCSE resit pilots – thoughts from my kitchen table

The following post is the result of a long discussion with Anna Bellamy @Anna_Maths over my kitchen table while eating dinner and drinking gin, My writing in in purple and her comments are in tardis blue if that’s not too confusing.

TLDR: We both care a lot about GCSE maths resits and currently we are feeling a bit annoyed (Germanic translation by Anna a bit annoyed = angry!) by people wanting to come in and tell us how to do our jobs. Continue reading “GCSE resit pilots – thoughts from my kitchen table”

3 months in to teaching the 2 year GCSE course

We’ve just done the first assessment of how the 2 year GCSE students are getting on. I have so much I want to blog about, it turns out designing a course from scratch is wonderfully liberating, absolutely terrifying and really hard work!
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Another way to do GCSE resit

TL:DR We’re trialling a 2 year GCSE resit with no exam at the end of the first year. You can see the summary scheme of work here or the full one here Continue reading “Another way to do GCSE resit”

Gambling with futures

Yesterday’s letter has me wondering whether I’m doing the best thing for my students. The full letter is here but the paragraph I’m interested in is this one

“Under the new system, a grade 4 and above will be equivalent to a C and above. This isand will remainthe level that pupils must achieve in order not to be required to continue studying English and maths post 16. Therefore, a GCSE pass at new grade 4 will continue to have real currency for individual pupils as they progress to further study and employment. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C we would expect them to continue recognising a grade 4.” Continue reading “Gambling with students futures”

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