Tes Maths: GCSE revision resources

Craig Barton
20th November 2017
Maths symbols to highlight tried-and-tested GCSE revision resources, created by teachers

Ensure students feel confident going into the new-style GCSE exams with these hand-picked revision resources

With the first set of the new specification GCSE under our belts, we can breathe a sigh of relief. However, with the 2018 GCSE exams sitting on the horizon, and a whole new set of students to prepare, there really is no rest for the wicked. I hope that my Inspect the Spec blog series, exploring the key changes in different topic areas and offering top-quality resources to support your teaching, has been and continues to be of help.

So that students feel fully prepared for the unknown, I've also brought together this collection of engaging revision resources, complete with old favourites and brand-new ideas tailored to distinct areas of the new specification.

As ever, thanks must go to the generous and talented members of the Tes maths community for sharing these top-notch lessons and activities, which are sure to keep pupils focused and on track until the minute they enter that exam hall.

Happy revising!

Craig Barton, Tes Maths adviser

For even more ideas, why not check out our GCSE maths revision hub, complete with teacher-led revision lessons, student-led revision activties and exam questions? 

General revision resources

Competitive revision races

Designed for the legacy specifications but completely relevant to the new ones, these differentiated races require pupils to work together to solve a range of algebra and shape questions.

Problem-solving papers

An interesting take on a traditional GCSE paper, these well-presented questions, covering the skills required for AO2 and AO3, come with three versions containing different levels of scaffolding.

Whole-class pub quiz lesson

Increase levels of engagement through competition while ensuring students are exposed to exam-style questions with these presentations for foundation and higher classes.

Paired revision trail

Previously featured as my Resource of the Week, this unusual activity gives students the incentive to combine forces with their partner to check one another's workings are accurate.


Revision Races - Revision Aid - GCSE

In these GCSE worksheets there are two revision races, aimed at different grades. The teams start with the picture and the first question. When they have shown the answer they are given the next question and so on. I wrote them for module 5 revision, so mostly Algebra and shape questions.
By alipon

Going for gold! - GCSE problem solving papers

These papers test skills that appear on both foundation and higher tier papers.

Each paper has three versions to choose from: Bronze, Silver and Gold. They are the same questions, but the amount of scaffolding is adjusted in each.

There are worked solutions to accompany every paper.

The Platinum paper is an extension to further challenge your students.

Full preview available at http://www.missbanks.co.uk/copy-of-going-for-gold
By Alison Banks

GCSE Revision Pub Quiz - Higher and Foundation

This is a revision activity either to be done in small groups or individually. There are the following rounds: Number, Algebra, Shape and Space, Date Handling, Using and Applying. All have 10 questions worth one point each except the Using and Applying round where there are 5 questions worth 3 points each, where workings must be given.
By alutwyche

GCSE revision non calculator

I will run the resource... or attempt to run it... with each pair of students receiving both the even and odd questions. One student answers the even questions and the other answers the odd. The answer from the previous question is needed to answer the question you are on.

The final answer is 27.

This task can be ran with students working individually.
By Smithd88

Low-stakes quizzes

Comprehensive homework guides

A phenomenal collection of homework questions for all ability levels, which can be used as daily or weekly low-stakes quizzes in the build up to GCSE.

9-1 revision exercises

Help students to focus on core skills with these worksheets, complete with answers, to set as homework activities or in-class low-stake quizzes.

Quick-mark question practice

Make sure pupils develop confidence and fluency in a range of topic areas by using these straightforward sheets to practice getting those low-mark, easy-win questions right every time.

Catch-up questions

Perfect for revision, homework, low-stakes quizzes or with those students who have missed work, these worksheets contain a QR code that will scan to a short tutorial video.


Brockington College Maths homework booklets

All of the homework booklets I design for my Maths department, free and in one place.

Obviously cannot post answers here, but happy for people to email me for them - a DM on twitter with your email address is the best way to get them.

Note there are a few images borrowed from different places. Apologies for any infringement and please just let me know and I am happy to credit or change as required.
By Peter Mattock

GCSE Maths 9-1 Revision Masters

We used these as homework for Year 11 covering a half term. New topic Masters aim to get higher paper pupils familiar with some of the new topics and new style of questioning on the new GCSE. Higher/Foundation Masters are aimed at all students to become more confident in some of the cross over topics. Foundation Masters aimed at foundation paper pupils to gain more confidence in number work and money problems. I found that it worked best printed on one A4 sheet for students to stick at the back of their books and leave a page for their workings. The tracker is useful for pupils and teachers to track progress. Created for students sitting AQA specification in 2017.
By Michael Craven

Quick mark Mathematics GCSE questions

On every GCSE Maths paper there are some questions that are what I call, "Quick mark questions." That is, ones you can do in less than a minute if you know the Maths.

I put this booklet together to help students practice them. It is aimed at those taking the Higher paper although Foundation students may well still find quite a bit of it useful for revision.

I would love to hear your feedback @MrsHsNumeracy
By Maria Howard

Catch Up Questions Sampler

I've been asked a few times what these are like so thought I'd put one of each "Number", "Algebra", "Geometry" and "Data" out there for people to peruse at their leisure. These are worksheets that can be used for either revision, homework or those students who have missed work with each containing a QR code that will scan to a short tutorial video.
By alutwyche

New specification topics

Error intervals and truncation lesson

Tackle the recapping of error intervals and rounding by truncation in one fell swoop with this complete lesson pack, including a presentation and worksheets with answers.

Finding gradients of and the area under curves

Covering all of the basics and then a little bit more, this short unit is sure to bring your students up to scratch with these two particularly tricky additions to the new specification.

Capture-recapture lesson

Also previously featured as my Resource of the Week, this comprehensive lesson is neatly rounded off by a codebreaker activity, which results in a classically corny joke.

Quadratic inequalities practice paper

While good questions on new topics are often hard to come by, these specially created papers prove the exception to the rule with questions in an exam-style format.


Error Intervals and Truncation Full Lesson

Complete lesson on error intervals and truncation based on the new GCSE Edexcel 9-1 content. Powerpoint presentation, worksheet exercises (with answers) and extra examples (to encourage independence). Examples and worksheets taken from the Edexcel guidance documents for teaching new topics on the 9-1 specification. Credit to diagnosticquestions for the MCQs for error intervals.
By rorymathews

Gradient and Area Under Graphs - NEW GCSE - Sequence of lessons

This is something I produced for my top set Year 11s to cover the new GCSE topic of gradients of curves and area under graphs. Included is a PPT that covers several lessons building from general principles, through velocity-time graphs, to gradients of curves and area underneath them. Also included are examples to match the PPT that can be handed to students for annotation and worksheets for each lesson. The velocity-time graph worksheet is an adaptation of one sent to me so not sure of the original author but happy to credit if told. It all finishes with some exam style questions I've written based on sample assessment material from Edexcel.
By Daniel Burke

Capture Recapture - NEW GCSE

This is a simple PowerPoint I made for my Year 11s to teach the relatively straightforward new topic of Capture Recapture. It has a link to a video featuring Jonny Ball demonstrating it in practice which is quite good. I tried to embed it as a flash vide but I've included the YouTube link if that doesn't work.

I've also included the joke codebreaker I got my Year 11s to do, seeing as they seem to enjoy doing these! The joke should be "How do you keep an idiot in suspense?"
By Daniel Burke


A mini-GCSE paper made up of questions on quadratic inequalities.

ANSWERS are free to use on http://www.themathsprofessor.com/rage---answers.html
By TheMathsProfessor

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