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Progression in Addition and subtraction (mental skills)

Build confidence – plan a programme for GCSE practice papers

Every maths department uses past/practice papers in Y11. Without a careful plan, it can be dull and demoralising for all concerned! Students tell us they feel like failures because full papers are too hard. Teachers tell us it’s hard to ‘get round’ all the students and to maintain interest when they ‘go through’ the questions. […]

Mental Maths in Key Stage 1

We have developed some simple support to improve maths progression in KS1 mental skills and here are our top ten tips to bear in mind when planning for mental maths: Mental maths is at the heart of the KS1 curriculum Every day must provide lots of opportunities for mental maths From time to time, explicitly […]

Keen to know how your tier of entry decisions affects your GCSE maths outcomes?

Take our survey and we’ll let you know… We had a great response to our tier of entry survey which meant we could summarise a good-sized set of data and feedback the overall picture to contributors at the end of April. This helped the contributing schools to see if their choices for students were broadly […]

Analysing the 2017 GCSE papers alongside your GCSE maths results

We hope you are celebrating your GCSE results for 2017. It’s been a tricky year to say the least!   We’ve been working on development materials based on this year’s GCSE papers.  Watch this space for ideas based on: GCSE 2017 Overlap Question – We took some of the 2017 GCSE papers and identified the […]