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#mathsconf10
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#mathsconf10

Yesterday I attended #mathsconf10 in sunny Essex. I’m very grateful to Mark McCourt and La Salle Education for another fantastic day of maths CPD and networking.

I started the day by meeting up with Lisa Winer, a math teacher from Florida who is visiting Europe for a couple of weeks. She’s written a blog post about her trip here. We travelled from Central London to Essex by train and had plenty

Have a break… have a Twitter break
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Have a break… have a Twitter break

It’s that time of year again where being a teacher is probably more stressful than ever. Teachers are worrying about how their classes will be getting on with their exams or phonics tests and classrooms are hotter than ever. There has been talk on Twitter today about an article on…
Topics In Depth
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Topics In Depth

This year I’ve been responsible for running subject knowledge enhancement sessions for five trainee maths teachers. Over the course of the year, I realised something: maths teachers spend a lot of time talking about general approaches and strategies, but very little time looking at specific topics in detail.

Examining a topic in depth prior to teaching it is incredibly powerful. Even if we’ve

New GCSE: Done!
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New GCSE: Done!

Over the last couple of years we’ve all been working incredibly hard to deliver the new GCSE. It feels quite surreal that after all the uncertainty, nerves and excitement, the first sitting is now over and done with.

Most teachers felt that the exams were as expected, pitched at a similar level to the mock exams and providing good coverage of the full range of topics on the specification. We

50 popular hashtags to help develop your professional learning
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50 popular hashtags to help develop your professional learning

What is a hashtag? Hashtags for the uninitiated are those words you see sometimes with the # symbol in front of them. Many of my UK readers will have seen the #GE2017 hashtag these past few weeks on Twitter. Most people tweeting or posting on Instagram and other social media about…
Check out Unio – for your teaching and their learning
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Check out Unio – for your teaching and their learning

Unio by Harness® is a web based system which facilitates lots of different learning activities in your classroom. I love the fact that because it’s web based it is device agnostic too. You can share interactive online whiteboards and as teacher you can see all pupil’s screens in real-time and…
5 Maths Gems #73
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5 Maths Gems #73

Welcome to my 73rd gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. GCSE Paper 2 and 3
So, we’ve had the first new GCSE papers! Like everyone else, I was full of nerves and excitement on the day. Years of preparation and it finally happened. Many teachers will see their Year 11 students for revision sessions at some point over the next two

New A Level Timings
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New A Level Timings

After exam season is over, I expect that Heads of Maths and Key Stage 5 Coordinators all over the country will be making plans for delivering the new A level from September.

Timings at A level always make me nervous. I hate having to rush my teaching. Linear A levels are meant to improve the situation, but I’m not convinced that there will be much chance to slow down.

My school (a suburban

#malcolmswanday
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#malcolmswanday

Today is #malcolmswanday – a day for members of the maths education community to celebrate the life of the late Professor Malcolm Swan. Peter Mattock’s blog post explains how you can get involved. I did not have the privilege of meeting Malcolm Swan myself, though I was lucky enough to be introduced to his awesome Standards Unit resources during my PGCE. Since then I have blogged a number of

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