Neil Ogden – Maths Specialist at OCR

On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast I spoke to Neil Ogden from OCR, in the final part of what nobody except me is calling “The Great Exam Board Podcast Trilogy”

Neil and I spoke about many things, including:

If he could completely redesign maths GCSE assessment what would he do?

How difficult has it been to design papers and support materials for the new GCSE Maths specification?

How are OCR’s actual GCSE exam papers different to those of AQA and Edexcel, and why did they made those choices?

The wealth of free resources that OCR have available

Did Ofqual ever consider changing the names away from “Higher” and “Foundation”?

And once again I push my luck over the issue of grade boundaries. Will I get a definitive answer? Spoiler Alert: no I won’t!


All of the resources Neil mentions can be found at the OCR pages here:

Music for the podcast is provided by podcastthemes.com. If you want to get in contact, on twitter I am @mrbartonmaths.

See you next time!

Craig Barton

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