Maths in Science – Thursday 6th December 18

Maths in Science went ahead at Nottingham University yesterday. Greg Thomas came in to give several hints and tips. How do you feel about equation triangles?  He suggested that whilst they have their place, they may hinder progression and if students can calculate kinetic energy them why do they need a triangle for speed, distance and time?!  It brought about a fair amount of discussion around the room. Greg also shared the Mathematics programmes of study for key stages 1, 2 and 3 to underpin the context of the level of maths students are now taught. Plenty of ideas for practical use in the classroom and lovely cake provided by the University. Nadia Callow-Hussain, Science Strand Lead, EIB. ...

Evaluation of the 2018 GCSE with Daisi and Ofqual – Monday 3rd December 18

We had the Evaluation of the 2018 GCSE with Ofqual session today. It started off with Philip Burton from Daisi talking to the Nottingham City Heads of Science about the QLA and getting feedback on that. Then Sarah Old from Ofqual spoke, about the grading process, grade boundaries, tiers of entry etc. Ofqual are not committing to a 3,3 grade again on the higher paper- they are keen to hear teacher views and have run 10 sessions inviting that discussion ( I went to one of these in September).  I think the Heads of Science appreciated the opportunity to be part of the dialogue. We had a nearly full house of Nottingham City Heads of Science. Working with the Stem Learning Partnership, we also had Heads of Science from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire so a real feather in the cap for Nottingham to host this. Nadia Callow-Hussain, Science Strand Lead,...

“Teaching the required practical work – sharing the challenges, opportunities and best practice ” Nadia Callow- Hussain (EIB Science Strand Lead)

On Monday 23 April, in collaboration with the OCR Science team, the Education Improvement Board and the School of Education we were delighted to welcome Dr David Paterson to the University of Nottingham. He is the current acting Chair of his local regional ASE committee and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Secondary and Further Education Interest Group. Aims of the session: ·         Discuss and try out some practical activities ·         Consider challenges faced in schools with the new required practicals ·         Expanding on the learning from practicals. We selected three GCSE required practicals to carry out, analyse and evaluate. Delegates were given the opportunity to have hands on experience of carrying them out, alongside discussion with colleagues of hints and tips for best practice. The delegates were also given materials to compare the methodology from all of the exam boards.         ...