Mathematics is taught to all students up to GCSE level and then offered to the most able mathematicians for AS/A level. In addition the department offers Use of Mathematics at Key Stage 5 which is equivalent to an A-Level and can be studied by students who would like to extend their understanding in Mathematics beyond GCSE but are not quite up to the standard required for A-Level Mathematics and A-Level Further Mathematics. Students who choose to take Further Mathematics have to study A-Level Mathematics as well.
The department is staffed well and the results gained are regularly some of the best in the school. Students enjoy lessons and are taught using a range of techniques including teacher lead activities, investigations, group work and enrichment tasks. Students are taught in broadly mixed ability groupings in years 7 to 9. These setting arrangements incorporate provision for our highest attaining students and those who need extra support. This programme allows movement to take place between the sets. The faculty also contributes to cross curricular lessons within the school.
The teachers in mathematics regularly assess the students and track their progress against their targets giving thorough feedback through the marking of homework using the school policy of giving comments on ‘What Went Well’ (WWW) and ‘Even Better If’ (EBI). The students are also given a Learner Response (LR) for them to complete to show progress following on from the feedback. Topic tests are given throughout the year as well as being formally examined at the end of each year and all of these tests are analysed with the students at question level to highlight strengths and weaknesses
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