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Students are set on the basis of ability across 5 or 6 sets. The sets are banded and the students complete a two year course which covers programmes of study identified in the National Curriculum, tailored to their level of ability. The key foci are Mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

The programmes of study cover the National Curriculum areas of number and algebra, shape, space and measures and handling data. Opportunities for using and applying mathematics are included in each of these areas. The content taught within each ability band does overlap somewhat, however the main focus is to ensure that the foundation of knowledge and skills is there to allow further progression in a student’s mathematical understanding.

We aim to inspire and enthuse pupils through the use of real-life examples and mathematical skills which are relevant to their lives while, at the same time, putting in place sound practice and logical approaches to be used throughout their education. Students are encouraged to develop their mathematical and thinking skills through a variety of activities and learning approaches.

Assessment Arrangements

There are common banded assessments at the end of each half term, which cover the material taught during that half term. The annual banded assessments in both years of KS3 cover all the topics the student will have been taught.

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Course title and type of qualification: Mathematics GCSE (9-1)

What will I learn?

Mathematics is a compulsory subject at KS4, and is compulsory for all students at college or sixth from who do not achieve at least a grade 4 in KS4.

All students will take exams in GCSE Mathematics, with some also taking Functional Skills at level 1 or 2.

It is the aim of the Mathematics department to prepare students for life, to improve their problem solving skills, and to extend their Mathematical knowledge. The way in which Mathematics is examined has changed, and all students will take the new syllabus and exam.

For many years, GCSE Mathematics has been assessed with grades A*-G.  From 2017, the grades used will be 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest).  There will be a moderate increase in both content and difficulty.  

The GCSE focuses on the three areas of:

- developing mathematical fluency;

- ability to reason mathematically;

- Using mathematics to solve problems.

The course will be taught and examined in two tiers, Foundation and Higher. There has been a significant increase in the proportion of non-structured questions in the exam which, for most students, has represented an increase in difficulty.  There has also been a small increase in content, both at Foundation and Higher tier.

How will I be assessed?

The new Mathematics GCSE will be assessed by three written papers at the end of Year 11. Each paper is one and a half hours and two of them are non-calculator.  There is no coursework in GCSE Mathematics.

The Functional Skills qualification is assessed by an exam of one written paper in January of Year 11.

What could I move onto?

Most courses after GCSE require a grade 5 in Maths or above at GCSE.

The new GCSE exam will provide a good platform to study AS- or A Level mathematics.  The very brightest students can study Further Mathematics A/AS Level.  We are also investigating the possibility of a new Level 3 qualification for those students who want to take their Maths further but do not want to do full A Level, and more details about this will appear soon.

Presently, students who don’t achieve grade C in Year 11 must continue with Maths in Year 12.  We expect that this policy will continue, with a grade 5 in the new system being the grade required for students to drop Maths after KS4.

A good grade in GCSE Mathematics is widely valued by all employers as it tells them you are good at problem solving.

Functional Mathematics is particularly useful for those going onto apprenticeships.

Examination Board: Edexcel

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