Self-Assessment for each test (with a bar chart to show progress in each area)

This is an A5 form that I attach to each test for each student.   It helps students analyse and display each section of the test so that they can easily see where they did well and what still needs extra practice.  It is originally a PowerPoint file to allow for editing depending on the class, year or subject.  Please feel free to adapt it to your specific requirements.   It also explains how to work out percentage on the back and it allows the students to record the grade boundaries for the test for both KS3 and GCSE.Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 14.45.32

Self Assessment form for each test

Solving Quadratic Equations – 3 methods (for my Year 10 class)

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1. Solving by FACTORISING

2. Solving by using the QUADRATIC FORMULA







1. Solving by factorising Part 1 

2. Solving by factorising Part 2

3. Solving by using the Quadratic Formula Part 1

4. Solving by using the Quadratic Formula Part 2

5. Solving by Completing the Square Part 1

6. Solving by Completing the Square Part 2


What is a good lesson? What makes a teacher successful at delivering good lessons?

Sir Michael Wilshaw says successful teachers develop a style with which they are comfortable, not complacent, and which they know works. It works because children enjoy their lessons, are engaged, are focused, learn a great deal and make real progress. For him, a good lesson is about what works. What works is what’s good.

He warns against trying to prescribe a particular style of teaching:

“whether it be a 3 part lesson, an insistence that there should be a balance between teacher-led activities and independent learning, or that the lesson should start with aims and objectives, with a plenary at the end, and so on…”

“We should be wary of too much prescription. In my experience, a formulaic approach pushed out by a school or rigidly prescribed in an inspection evaluation schedule, traps too many teachers into a stultifying and stifling mould, which doesn’t demand that they use their imagination, initiative and common sense. Too much direction is as bad as too little.”

Some key characteristics of being a good teacher:

1. Plan lessons, know what resources to employ. Planning shouldn’t be too detailed.

2. Be incredibly reflective and able to adapt the lesson plan. Know that you don’t know everything. Talk and learn a lot about teaching and share with others.

3. Be perceptive and know the dynamics of the classroom. Be highly interventionist.

4. Nothing is taught until it is learnt.

5. Be resilient. Never let failure get the better of you. Be fierce and tough on standards. Be authoritative not authoritarian.


What Makes Great Teachers Great?

Research out of the US indicates there are characteristics that can predict whether a teacher will be a great teacher before they are even in the classroom. And that’s important when other studies show the teacher is one of the most crucial factors in your child’s school success. A poor teacher can set your child back forever; a great teacher inspires them forever. This video (from 2010) shows a panel (2 US professionals and an award- winning UK educator) talking about the difference between the good and great teachers out there.


Year 11 Additional Maths – VIdeo 1 of 2 (Algebraic Long Division) from ExamSolutions

Algebraic long division can be useful in factorising polynomials.
In this first video tutorial you are introduced to a numeric example to get you used to the method. Then there is an algebraic example so that you can see the similarity and grasp the concept with ease.

A superb site full of excellent resources, Powerpoints and free worksheets The discovery of this website is like finding treasure under the sea!  Ben Cooper has kindly shared all of his many hours of hard work with all of us.  Ready to print, present or use, his resources are fantastic.  Thanks Ben, you’ve saved many of us from a lot of extra hard work and late nights planning lessons.