All four awarding bodies have published sets of practice papers. My school is using AQA for GCSE - we used Practice Set 3 for our December mock exams and Practice Set 4 for our March mock exams. That leaves us with Practice Sets 1 and 2 and the specimen papers. I've already issued a couple of these for homework, so that doesn't leave many papers for revision lessons in May (particularly when compared to previous years, when students had access to hundreds of past exam papers).
So what else can we use? Given that the differences between exam board specifications are minimal, we can use 9 - 1 practice papers from other exam boards. Old GCSE papers are still helpful too. So things are not as bleak as they first seem.
Thanks to @Maths_Master for drawing my attention to the practice papers produced by Churchill Maths. Much like Solomon Press products, these papers are reliable and high quality. For £180 + VAT you can buy 15 practice papers for Higher and 15 practice papers for Foundation. The Higher tier papers are particularly good for stretching students who are working at a Grade 8 or 9. My school has issued a booklet of Churchill Maths's practice papers to each student. You can check out their free sample papers here.
ZigZag Education also sells packs of practice papers - for £389 you can buy a pack of 30 practice papers for Higher and 30 practice papers for Foundation. That will keep your students busy! Sample papers are available on their website.
For £6 students can buy a pack of 6 practice papers from CGP. Practice paper books are also available to buy.
Topic tests provided by AQA and Edexcel (through All About Maths and the Emporium respectively) are really helpful.
Maths Genie continues to be a very user-friendly website (I recommend it to my A level students). It has been updated for GCSE 9 - 1 so you'll find exam style questions on new topics plus practice papers.
Corbett Maths also has exam style questions, including new GCSE topics.
Also, don't forget that Mel at justmaths.co.uk has pulled together GCSE 9 - 1 specimen questions by topic. I use these a lot in my teaching at the moment.
Resources to purchase
There are loads of resources that your students can buy through Amazon. I imagine that schools might buy some of these resources for their Pupil Premium students. CGP have summarised the content of their extensive range here. Pearson has a range of revision products too, as does Collins. A new set of revision books is due out soon, from publisher Scholastic.
9 - 1 revision cards are available to buy from the following sources:
Flash cards can be downloaded for free from tannermaths.co.uk.
Aimed at Grade 9
4% of the cohort will get a Grade 9. My school is fairly large (we have 240 students in Year 11), so that equates to nine or ten Grade 9s. I can't help but think of all the grammar schools, and all the top private schools - each of these schools is likely to get dozens of Grade 9s. That leaves less for us... I think one or two Grade 9s might be a more realistic outcome.
I totally agree that there should be a grade that identifies the country's best mathematicians, much like the A* at A level. To achieve a Grade 9 students will need to know every topic inside out. They will also need a high level of accuracy and brilliant problem solving skills - the ability to think laterally. They need to be better than 96% of students in the country, and that's a big ask. In my top set Year 11 I have a handful of particularly hardworking students who I'm trying to push towards Grade 9. I have absolutely no idea if they'll get it. Here are some resources I will be asking these students to look at:
- There are revision workbooks for 'Grade 9 targeted exam practice' here
- There are three 'Grade 9' booklets here at Bland.in.
- Pixi Maths has a Grade 9 booklet here.
- m4ths.com has Grade 9 resources here.
Here are some more general revision resources that I've collected:
- PixiMaths has shared her excellent collection of GCSE 9 - 1 revision booklets on TES
- Steve at m4ths.com has created a 9 - 1 GCSE Help Book. He has also shared a help sheet and tracking sheet for Foundation students.
- On Corbett Maths you'll find class quizzes for helping students learn facts and formulae.
- Crashmaths.com has 9-1 practice papers and their Twitter account @crashMATHS_CM shares a fairly challenging GCSE question every day.
- On MathsBot.com you'll find GCSE questions, revision grids and practice papers.
- Edexcel has a poster of formulae to learn - thanks to @MaxTheMaths for sharing his related gap fill activity here. My adaptation of this formula quiz is available here.
- Keep an eye on onmaths.com, a website where students can complete practice papers online.
Have I missed anything? Please share your resources in the comments below.