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Top tips for GCSE maths resits

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Top tips for GCSE maths resits

Julia Smith shared some excellent insights with us offering us tips on supporting students with both maths resits and maths in general.

‘It is about creating a positive culture in maths.’

Julia emphasised the importance of maths practice and incorporating into a daily routine. Thousands of students will do daily practice, if they are given the right resources. She linked to some padlets she has created with a list of great resources to look at:


She then discussed that students need to establish solid foundations and mathematical connections before they can move on. These include the 9 basics of maths. It is so important to focus on getting these mastered first. They are:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplying
  • Dividing
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Scale
  • Ratio

You do need to teach the students in the way that they like to learn. There is no one size fits all approach. By finding the gaps in their basic maths skills early on then students will progress quicker. They are also the easiest things to remedy.

Often with these students it is all about revision. They will have covered the material before but when they come to college and learn maths it needs to feel and look different to school.

They also need to take ownership and see the value in the qualification. They need to be invested in passing and with the right support they can go on to be very successful.

Julia advised looking at the chief examiners report to get a clear understanding of what students fall back on. You can then use this knowledge to support your students more effectively. Plus, exam technique is very important.

Finally Julia highlighted that it is great to encourage students to engage through gamification. But is it also important to be able to deliver effectively offline too.

There are so many pieces or advice and tips in the summary to mull over. To view the whole webinar visit here.

Julia works with AoC Services in the in-house training team. Contact us at training@aoc.co.uk if you would like to arrange a chat about how we can support you with your team training requirements.


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