Archive for September, 2015

AQA GCSE Maths

This academic year we’re going to make a start on the AQA GCSE Maths (8300 spec) course with the intention of A sitting the exams when they start in summer 2017. I ordered the text book and the homework book which duly arrived and gosh darn but it’s “powered by MyMaths.co.uk” and the AQA web site promises all sorts of support materials … only, no. No, as it turns out MyMaths.co.uk only allows schools to subscribe and AQA will only let school teachers register for all their free stuff. If you home educate you’re on your own.

(insert mumbled swearing under breath)

Plan B - go through the workbook and map each subject against the materials in the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching - Mathematics Enhancement Program (MEP for short). We used their courses for years 7, 8 and 9 and at a first glance there’s not much in this GCSE that we haven’t already covered. MEP is free. MEP doesn’t mind if you home educate.

Since I’ll be going to all this trouble for A I thought I might as well share what I come up with on a blog. Note: I’m not a Maths teacher, I got a couple of Maths A levels a long, long time ago but I figure what the heck, it’s hardly rocket science and I’ll be linking to materials produced by people who do know what they’re up to.

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