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Mathematics OFSTED Inspection – The Deep Dive

We had an OFSTED inspection last week with 3 HMI trialing the new framework. After a hour interview with a HMI, two joint observations and a book look I wrote a blog to share my experience as Head of Maths.

Mathematics OFSTED Inspection – The Deep Dive

Featured blogs about mathematics lessons

Schemes of Work for Maths Teachers and Schools

As a Head of Maths I understand the importance of a detailed, flexible and simple scheme of work. I designed the schemes of work for maths teachers to be just that.

Schemes of Work for Maths Teachers and Schools

Number Lessons

Shape Lessons

Setting up your Maths Classroom

If you’re new to teaching mathematics or have recently been given a new teaching room this blog is designed to help you.

Setting up your Maths Classroom

Algebra Lessons

Statistics Lessons

Behaviour management in a mathematics lesson

Try not to think of behaviour management as separate to teaching but rather a direct result of it. An engaging and challenging lesson will do more to create a positive learning environment than any behaviour policy.

Behaviour management in a mathematics lesson

Featured Schemes of Work

Ratio and Proportion
Ratio and Proportion


Students learn how to simplify and use equivalent ratios to calculate proportionate amounts. They use this knowledge to model direct and indirect variation problems.

Pythagoras' Theorem
Pythagoras’ Theorem


Students are guided through the discovery of Pythagoras’ Theorem using Pythagorean Triples. They use Pythagoras’ Theorem to find the hypotenuse and shorter side of any right-angled triangle. As learning progresses they begin to find lengths in 3D shapes.

Representing and Interpreting Statistical Diagrams
Representing and Interpreting Statistical Diagrams

Students learn how to choose and then plot the most appropriate representation for a set of data. As learning progresses they interpret a range of statistical diagrams to compare multiple distributions.

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Mathematics OFSTED Inspection – The Deep Dive

Earlier this week, my school took part in a trial OFSTED inspection as part of getting ready for the new inspection framework in September 2019. This involved three Lead Inspectors visiting our school over the course of two days. The first day involved a ‘deep dive’ by each of the Lead Inspectors into Mathematics, English […]

How to Solve Quadratics by Factorising

The method of how to solve quadratics by factorising is now part of the foundational knowledge students aiming for higher exam grades are expected to have.   Here is an example of such a question. Solve x2 + 7x – 18 = 0 In my experience of teaching and marking exam papers students often struggle with […]

How Write 3 Part Ratios

When learning how to write 3-part ratios students need to understand how ratios can be made equivalent. The start of the lesson reminds students by asking which of six ratios is the odd one out.  This is presented to the class as they come into the lesson.    Writing Equivalent Ratios  A few students immediately go […]