As a core subject we teach all students in KS3 and KS4 and have a KS5 group of nearly 100 students.
We set all our KS3 and KS4 pupils in ability sets as we feel this allows them all to thrive and reach their potential in a challenging yet supportive atmosphere. Pupils usually stay in these groups for the rest of the year but individuals are moved if they show potential or are struggling with the work. Although there are no special needs classes in mathematics, the lower sets have a smaller number of pupils in them and have support staff attached to them for about half of their lessons.
In Years 7 and 8 we use a mixture of worksheets and textbooks based on the National Framework for mathematics teaching. In year 9 we offer a mixture of Key Stage 3 material and provide tasks which act as a foundation for GCSE. In Key stage 4 we use the AQA linear syllabus, but break the work down into smaller modules which give a greater variety for the learners. The GCSE exam is 100% exam, split into Higher ( A* to D ) and Foundation ( C to G ). To promote individual pathways for our learners we also offer dual entry mathematics ( both Higher and Foundation ) using the Edexel syllabus. In Key Stage 5 we follow the OCR (MEI) modular syllabus. In year 12 the students cover modules in Core and Statistics and then in Year 13 further Core units and Decision mathematics. We also offer a second A level in Further Mathematics for our most gifted students.
Homework is set on a regular basis and exercise books are marked at least once every two weeks. In our regular department meetings we review students’ work, assessments and our individual planning. We also share good practice in our teaching and learning meetings.
We offer after school drop in clinics for both KS4 and KS5 students as well as a Numeracy club run by our Barrow Hall college mathematicians for our less able KS3 learners. We enter over 400 students for the various UK Mathematics Challenges as well as entries into the team challenges. We also subscribe to MyMaths , Mathswatch as well as the MEI A level website to promote and encourage students to work on their mathematics outside of school time.
Our departmental results continue to rise at both GCSE and AS/A2 and we are also our committed to our role in improving the whole school targets.