Written by Hugh Lester Saturday, 01 June 2019
Edited and compiled by Robert J Smith @RJS2212
'GCSE Mathematics: just two papers and a wealth of free teaching resources … ’ ' is a blog for WJEC Eduqas at #MathsConf21 Exhibition / Networking session being run at #MathsConf21.
The content and assessment requirements of the Eduqas mathematics GCSE are very similar to those of the other three exam boards. Thus, whilst the specification is designed to be used in both schools and colleges, the freshness of its approach makes it particularly attractive for use with re-sit candidates.
In addition Eduqas provides a wealth of support resources completely free of charge. These include themed revision “takeaway menus” for each domain area, video tutorials, worksheets and interactive class activities. Many re-sit candidates will benefit from using these new, fresh resources to further develop those vital skills.
There is an important difference when compared with other boards’ GCSEs though: candidates sit two papers rather than three. This is proving popular in both schools and colleges.
Our unique two paper structure clearly distinguishes between the calculator and non-calculator aspects and lessens administrative complexity. Teachers tell us that it also makes it more straightforward to ensure that as many of their students as possible attempt the full assessment.
Don’t just take my word for it though. Melanie Muldowney Associate Subject Leader . Alcester Academy, says There are so many great classroom-ready teaching resources available on the WJEC/Eduqas website but my two favourites are (1) the set of problem solving PowerPoint slides that work through a number of multi-step questions to break a question down and (2) the TakeAway homework – both are perfect for the last stretch to the final exams this Summer and the fact that none of the resources are hidden behind a log in (that most of us never remember the password for) makes them perfect for busy teachers!
You can find out more by contacting the subject officer, Kathryn Rees. Kathryn is an experienced maths teacher so expert subject advice is always just a phone call or an email away. An Eduqas regional representative would also be happy to call in to tell you more.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
You can see WJEC Eduqas in the networking / Exhibitor slots during #MathsConf21 at Peterborough on Saturday 12th October 2019
Don't forget in December we also have our 'FREE' Maths Teacher Network events in association with Oxford University Press and AQA.
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