# Beat the Nation – Week 5 (GCSE and SATs revision idea)

*** Update: I am now recording Beat the nation videos that you might like to assign to your classes during school closure. Click here for the collection. *** Beat the Nation is a structure I like to use forContinue reading

# Tomkins’ Tips: Edexcel Higher Papers 2 and 3 topic list

Maths teacher Ian Tomkins has emailed me with a list of topics that he has put together for students who will be sitting Edexcel Higher Papers 2 and 3 based on the content of PaperContinue reading

# Distance Travelled: GCSE Maths Question of the Week

Can your students solve a brand new GCSE question on distance travelled from a velocity-time graph? There’s only one way to find out! The latest edition of my GCSE Maths Question of the Week series is aContinue reading

# Probability of Combined Events: GCSE Maths Question of the Week (Higher)

Can your students solve a tricky combined probability question? There’s only one way to find out! The latest edition of my GCSE Maths Question of the Week series is a lovely Combined Probability question provided exclusively for my DiagnosticContinue reading

# What does a Restaurant Owner do?

On this episode of the Just the Job Podcast I spoke to Noel Hunwick, the co-founder and Director of Marketing of the award-winningInamo Restaurants. In a wide ranging discussion, we talked about what it takes toContinue reading

# What does a Firefighter do?

In what is being billed as a clash between two of the most macho jobs any man could have, on this episode of the Just the Job Podcast me, a maths teacher, spoke to Marty Royal, anContinue reading

# What does a Classical Musician do?

On this episode of the Just the Job Podcast I spoke to Llinos Owen, a classical musician with the orchestra of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the ReedRage Bassoon Quartet. We talked about the pressure of auditions, the needContinue reading

# What does a hairdresser do?

This week on the Just the Job Podcast, I spoke to Shaun Frew, a hairdresser in Preston. We spoke about dealing with bad hair, the importance of the Daily Mail app, Shaun’s three question rule, giving marriage counsellingContinue reading

# What does a Diplomat do?

Not content with terrorising people’s ears via my Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I have a non-maths spin-off called the Just the Job Podcast. On it, I interview people about the jobs they do. Hopefully itContinue reading

# TES Maths ROTD: January 2016

Each day I select one of my favourite free maths resources that have been uploaded and shared by the generous and incredibly talented users of the TES Maths website and tweet it out via @TESmaths. I call thisContinue reading

Only about 3 years after I originally intended to do it, I have finally got round to updating my list of my favourite maths websites and my Essential Freebies page. You can visit them below. IfContinue reading

# New GCSE Maths Specifications

Having received the email from Edexcel today, we now have a complete set of draft specifications for the new maths GCSE (from 2015, first assessment 2017) from the three main examining bodies: Edexcel AQA OCR ReadContinue reading

# Gapminder World Video 11 – Gapminder and Autograph

In this video, we fuse together two of my favourite things – Gapminder World and Autograph. We see how we can process the data from Gapminder using Autograph’s powerful statisical engine in order to anyalseContinue reading

# Gapminder World Video 10 – Employment Rates

This week we take a look at Employment Rates around the world. Is it the case that the richer you are, the higher proportion of your population are in work? And how about if weContinue reading

# Gapminder World Video 9 – Population Growth Rates

In a video dedicated to Chris Holden, Amy Holden and their beautiful new baby daughter Isabelle Rose Holden, this week we look at some time series data on population growth rates around the world. HowContinue reading

# Gapminder World Video 8 – Labour Force Participation Rate

What percentage of males aged 15 to 64 are employed in countries across the world? What regions have the highest levels of employment? Is it to do with wealth or tradition? How about if weContinue reading

# Gapminder World Video 7 – C02 Emissions

Which country in the world is the highest emitter of C02 per person and how has this changed over time? As ever, there is only one way to find out and you might just beContinue reading

# Gapminder World Video 6 – Income and Growth

Is there a relationship between the wealth of a country and it’s growth rate? Do rich counties keep getting richer, or do poorer countries grow faster as they have more capacity and potential? And whatContinue reading