A resource miscellany this week, a reminder of where to find excellent teaching resources provided by the examination boards and also from MEI.

MEI, AQA, Edexcel and OCR (also Eduqas, part of WJEC) provide excellent support for teachers. With GCSE and A Level subject content now the same for all the examination boards we have an excellent library of resources to use irrespective of the specification chosen for public examinations.

MEI have produced such a valuable collection for teachers with the latest addition to their work on Problem Solving. See their **Problem Solving examples and solutions**. As well as all the problems and solutions with very valuable suggestions and commentary, MEI have provided a guide to support teachers with the problem solving content of GCSE (14-16) and A Level (16-18).

**At A level** MEI’s Interactive Scheme of work includes a resource for each section of the course. See also, MEI on integrating technology into your scheme of work which includes many calculator, Desmos and GeoGebra tasks.

See also **MEI Free Reources** and a page added to the **GeoGebra series** on the **MEI GeoGebra Institute**.

AQA

**AQA All About Maths**– many excellent resources for teachers who offer, or are considering offering AQA maths qualifications. There are many excellent resources including KS3 (11-14) tests, many resources for GCSE and a new section for the new A Level specification where topic tests are being developed for the new course.**AQA Bridging the Gap**excellent**.****Teachit Maths**(part of the AQA family) though a subscription site offers its**entire collection of activities**as pdfs free. I have found many high quality resources here for all ages. Look at this**activity on quadratic functions**for example – this should really help understanding.**TeachIt Maths (KS5)****AQA A Level Teaching Resources**(note most resources currently on TeachIt Maths)

Edexcel

**GCSE Teacher Support**includes new content resources, a worksheet collection for Foundation and Higher, teaching low attainers and formulae posters.**Teaching and Learning Materials**includes an extensive collection from baseline tests for younger (KS3, age 11-14) students to demanding GCSE (age 14-16) Problem Solving questions. The Problem Solving questions with full mark schemes are excellent as are the Practice Papers and topic tests.**Teaching and Learning Materials – A Level 16+**a wonderful and growing collection- Signing up to the wonderful
**Mathematics Emporium**is highly recommended, note that it is a free website intended for the use of teachers of mathematics in secondary schools,.**regardless of what board you use****Register for an account**and ensure you supply a correct centre e-mail address in your name for verification, your centre name and centre number. In the GCE AS/A Level Mathematics cabinet, you will find documents for**GCE 2017 including baseline tests and unit tests, also Transition materials for GCSE to A Level.**More will be added to these collections.

OCR

**GCSE Planning and Teaching documents****GCSE Check In Tests & more**

**A Level – Check In Tests and more****Bridging the gap between GCSE and AS/A Level Mathematics – A Student Guide**.

This is quite simply an outstanding resource for students (and their teachers!). Many exercises are provided and the answers are all at the back. OCR have very helpfully provided the document as a Word document.

Statistics – The large data sets and more for Advanced Level Statistics from AQA, Edexcel, OCR and OCR (MEI) can be found on **this page**.

Eduqas is part of WJEC and offers Ofqual reformed qualifications to secondary schools and colleges. Eduqas has many very useful secondary and vocational **resources** for Mathematics. Note the **series of resources for topics new to the GCSE specification**.

Lots to go at here.

Now we have the same syllabus for A level for all exam boards why do

we have to have separate exams?

I found this amusing, from page 6:

Simplify 2/(3x + 3) + 5/(x squared – 1)

The simple simplification is “leave it alone”, as there are 13 characters

now, and seventeen when “simplified”.

A better use of algebra is to simplify as 3.166/(x – 1) – 2.5/(x + 1), which

is a pair of rectangular hyperbolae.

Looks better when not using Notepad !