I must first apologise for being somewhat behind the times with this. I taught maths in schools and sixth forms for ten years but have been out of the system for a few years now due to taking a break for babies.
I'm looking into returning at some point and have been asked about doing some tutoring in the meantime.
I have been looking at past papers and specimen papers for GCSE, specifically AQA, Foundation.
In my view the Specimen papers are significantly harder, containing many topics that I would have thought might previously have been higher tier and, unless I'm missing something, topics on the non-calculator paper which seem incredibly difficuly WITHOUT a calculator.
I would love to hear from those of you who have remained in schools over this time please:
* are the specimen papers likely to be much harder than the actual papers? (I'm sure I remember this being true in previous cases)
* is the new GCSE specification really that much harder?
* if so, how are people helping students to learn the extra topics, to make the extra progress needed?
Many thanks for your help.