I’m a Maths teacher in a UK Secondary (11-18) school with responsibly for Key Stage 4/ GCSE. I’m also a mentor for ITE students.  These are my musings on life in my classroom. I hope that they will be of use to someone somewhere…

Super happy to have won an award from the wonderful EmMaths for 2015. Check out her site here


  1. rjkerrison · November 6, 2012

    How’s it going so far? If your FP1 is the same as the one I studied, then I concur that teaching it is monumentally difficult. I hope you’ve managed to find some pretty decent graph theory resources by now!

    • ideasfortheclassroom · November 19, 2012

      Should be roughly the same although syllabus is for FP1 and FP2 together so exam boards split it in different ways. Second time through this year but on a different exam board. Loads of new stuff to brush up on!

      • srcav · January 2, 2013

        Which board are you using? I’m undertaking fp1 and fp2 (Edexcel) for the first time starting in feb. I’m excited!

      • ideasfortheclassroom · January 2, 2013

        Taught MEI FP1 last year. Switched to Edexcel this year. Much prefer MEI syllabus for FP1.

      • srcav · January 4, 2013

        How come you prefer MEI? What’s on it different and why have you switched?

        How far into the edexcel are you? I’ve only touched on complex numbers in a taster session (we’re doing further as an additional a/s iny13) and discussed matrices as an aside during c4.

      • ideasfortheclassroom · January 22, 2013

        I think MEI structure tho content better over the course of the modules. I don’t like for example; integration – teach them how to do it in C1 but not why you’d want to till C2 – seems a bit spoonfeedy. Have a look at some MEI papers too and you’ll see that they’re more challenging and create better Mathematicians (in my opinion).

        I’m teaching FP1 – have done Complex Numbers, Matrices and Series so far.

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  3. joseasanoj · May 21, 2013

    Hi, very nice blog, really loved it.
    Peace and Love, Sanoj

  4. Paul · August 27, 2014

    You might want to take a look a my A-Level Further Maths resources at http://teachfurthermaths.weebly.com. There is also a free C2 presentation for you to download

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