In Key Stage 3, students have four one-hour lessons of maths a week. The students study the following units:
The stages loosely correspond to the year group of the student, e.g. Stage 7 corresponds to Year 7, etc.
Students follow either the Higher, Foundation course leading to the GCSE examination.
The department uses the Edexcel examination board.
Grades available at the Higher tier: 9
Grades available at the Foundation tier: 5
GCSE statistics course will be offered to students in Year 10.
Students at Key Stage 4 have four one-hour lessons a week and will receive at least one hour of homework every week. The students are regularly assessed through practice GSCE questions and mock papers.
Year 11 students complete PPEs in November and again in March in preparation for their final GCSE exams.
- The volume of subject content has increased. You may need more time to teach it.
- The demand of that content is increasing too, with harder topics being introduced. This is true for both your Foundation Tier students and Higher Tier students.
- The total time for the examinations is increasing, from 3½ hours to 4½ hours. All exams will be sat at the end of the course.
- There are fewer marks at the lower grades and more marks at the higher grades at both Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.
- A new grading structure is being introduced, from grade 9 to 1, to replace the familiar A* to G grading scale.
- In the assessments, there’s a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks now being allocated to these higher-order skills.
- Students will be required to memorise formulae - fewer formulae will be provided in examinations. Together these changes are designed to help students emerge from GCSE maths with a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a genuine foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives.
- Grading changes from A*- G, to 9 - 1.