Key Stage 3 (Year 7/8/9)
Since the introduction of the new GCSE specification in 2016, we have changed the way in which we assess our students in Maths. Rather than receiving a ‘level’ as they would have done previously, students are awarded a percentage but are also given a PLC (personal learning checklist) which identifies topics as either Red, Amber or Green. Students can then use online resources such as Hegarty Maths to improve their skills ready for re-assessment. Assessments take place towards the end of each half term.
Key Stage 4 (Year10/11)
Assessment is primarily via practice GCSE papers. Students will sit 6 GCSE papers in Year 10 and 6 GCSE papers in Year 11 (November/March). Based on the outcomes of these assessments students will receive a predicted GCSE grade. This is the grade that we believe the student will achieve at the end of Year 11.
After each practice exam, students will receive a Personalised Learning Checklist (PLC) telling them the maths topics that they need to improve and resources are provided to support this (see link below).
The new specification for GCSE has an increased focus on problem solving. This means that exam boards are testing whether students can apply a variety of different maths skills to one particular problem. Time is spent coaching the students in how to do this, and resources to help problem solving are included at the link below.
GCSE Maths Revision Resourses
- GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel [Pearson]) –Higher Tier (expected grades 9-5)
- GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel [Pearson]) – Foundation Tier (expected grades 5 -1)