Mathematics is a core subject which is taught to all students across the Key Stages.
Teaching is provided on a regular basis by the appointed Maths Tutors. Lessons and teaching are delivered through teacher explanation and modelling, online videos, independent study and group work. The overall aim is to provide a stimulating and varied approach to the study and for all students to develop positive mindsets towards mathematical problem solving.
Students develop their competence in manipulating numbers across the core areas of Number, Algebra, Shape and Handling Data. They are encouraged to apply their knowledge to practical situations and real life examples. There is a focus on key concepts and techniques to help students prepare for GCSE.
All students follow the revised 2015 curriculum for Maths, which broadly comprises 3 main strands:- Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Statistics and Probability. The new 9-1 specifications for exams from 2016 onwards require students to demonstrate greater problem solving skills across the range of mathematical topics.
Weighting of marks in Foundation tier:- Number 25%; Algebra 20%; Ratio, proportion and rates of change 25%; Geometry and measures 15%; Probability 15%
At KS3, students are assessed on the topics covered at the end of a 6 – 8 week teaching cycle. Students who have significant gaps in their knowledge or understanding of mathematical concepts are encouraged to map their progress through completing Entry level qualifications.
At KS4, students work towards nationally recognised certification in the following qualifications.
Functional Skills (Levels 1 and 2).
These courses equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. They are a mandatory part of all Apprenticeship frameworks in England.
Edexcel Awards in Number & Measure, Statistical Methods and/or Algebra.
Edexcel Awards in mathematics are stand-alone qualifications designed to help students build their confidence and skills in different areas of maths. Where students join the Tutorial Foundation for a fixed period of time, the Edexcel Awards are a valid way to recognise their progress in key mathematical competencies before re-joining mainstream school.
Edexcel (9-1) Mathematics iGCSE
In the summer term of Year 11, students will sit the iGCSE exam in Mathematics. This consists of 2 exam papers; each exam paper is 2 hours, with use of calculator and worth 100 marks. Mock exams are completed in the Autumn and Spring terms to assess whether students will be entered for Foundation or Higher tier exams.
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