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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.  

 

In response, we’ve worked with some teachers to develop an organised and strategic approach to past/practice GCSE papers ‘Improve Maths Structured Approaches to GCSE practice papers 2017’ . The approach will support problem-solving skills and build confidence to ‘have a go’ at different types of exam question. 

 

extract of the GCSE maths paper Our resources describe the programme in detail and we have supported by folders of examples. The image here shows an extract.

 

 

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 maths results 2017

  • GCSE 2017 Overlap Question - We took some of the 2017 GCSE papers and identified the questions which appeared on both the foundation papers and the higher papers, i.e. the ‘overlap questions’. We copied them, sliced them into individual questions and worked with subject leaders to sort them in different ways…..
  • Assessing problem solving in GCSE 2017 – We used the ACME publication ‘Problem solving in mathematics: realising the vision through better assessment.’ To analyse some of the GCSE questions to see what elements of problem solving were included …..

In the meantime, you may be wondering about how your tier of entry decisions affected this year’s GCSE outcomes. We would strongly recommend that you look at this in detail, especially for the students you expected to gain grade 4 or grade 5. If you would like to set your own analysis alongside that of other schools, then you may wish to add to our GCSE tier of entry survey.

 

We are pulling together a picture of how the new papers and tiers appear to work for different prior learning groups. We have asked all the schools who contributed to part 1 of the survey to let us know their results by tier and by prior learning group.  We will do a speedy analysis and give swift feedback. 

 

It is not too late to take part. Follow this link and complete pages 1 to 4 to share your tier of entry choices and pages 5 and 6 which detail your results. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GCSE_tier_results 

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 the same as other schools. In some instances, this was not the case and we were able to help these schools see that the decisions they were making were ‘outliers’ when compared to the trend in school decisions for 2017 maths entry. We offered feedback like this chart.

 

gcse maths tier of entry

Of course, none of us really know what is the best decision because everything is new – content, challenge and pattern of papers.  Apparent outliers may have very good reasons for their different choices. It’s going to be interesting to see how tier for entry choices impact on outcomes for students. 

 

To try to get an early picture of how the new papers and tiers work for different prior learning groups we are following up our survey in late August/early September. We have asked all our contributors to let us know their results by tier and by prior learning group.  We will do a speedy analysis and swift feedback. 

 

It is not too late to take part. Follow this link and complete pages 1 to 4 now, you can pick up the link and complete pages 5 and 6 when you have the results in August. 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GCSE_tier_results 

GCSE 2017 Tier of Entry

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 the same as other schools. In some instances, this was not the case and we were able to help these schools see that the decisions they were making were ‘outliers’ when compared to the trend in school decisions for 2017 maths entry. 

Of course, none of us really know what is the best decision because everything is new – content, challenge and pattern of papers.  Apparent outliers may have very good reasons for their different choices. It’s going to be interesting to see how tier for entry choices impact on outcomes for students.

To try to get an early picture of how the new papers and tiers work for different prior learning groups we are following up our survey in late August/early September. We have asked all our contributors to let us know their results by tier and by prior learning group.  We will do a speedy analysis and swift feedback.

It is not too late to take part. Follow this link and complete pages 1 to 4 now, you can pick up the link and complete pages 5 and 6 when you have the results in August.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GCSE_tier_results