Students will follow a pathway through Mathematics that will offer them the best chance to attain a 5 or above on which ever paper suits their individual needs. If a student is at risk of not attaining a 5 on the Higher Tier paper they will are very likely to be entered for the Foundation Tier. This decision is made by January Year 11, after the majority of the course has been delivered, and after the winter mock exams.
As well as the final formal assessment at the end of the course, we also have half-termly module assessments throughout Year 10, an end of year assessment in summer, and a school mock in Year 11. Year 10 started GCSE just after Easter in Year 9 and have already completed their first assessment. After assessment they are given an analysis sheets with some topics that might need more revision.
There is some fine tuning to sets during Year 10 but only if absolutely necessary, and some movement in September of Year 11. After that we aim not to move students if at all possible.
The course content for Maths GCSE has increased by 40% with new topics appearing on both Higher and Foundation papers. There is a bigger emphasis on students knowing what Maths to apply at the right time, as well as being able to show an understanding of why they are applying a given method. Students will need to be able to use traditional methods for numerical calculations, and recall a greater body of mathematical formulae. Fluency with tables and numerical methods are absolutely essential and weekly practice really benefits all students.