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- Course Guidance for Year 9 Parents and Carers 2023
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries. It has provided the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, and engineering, and is necessary for financial literacy as well as most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education, therefore, provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason logically and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about how things work. Students should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning, and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge across other subjects.
The Mathematics Faculty has a team of highly qualified specialist teachers. Faculty leadership is shared amongst four staff: a Head of Faculty, an Excellence Lead, a Raising Achievement and Progress Leader and a Head of Key Stage 5.
At Key Stage 3, students have six hours of Mathematics lessons per fortnight and at Key Stage 4, seven hours. All years groups are set according to ability, which is reviewed each half term to ensure all students are placed in the class that provides appropriate levels of support and challenge.
We firmly believe in the importance of home and independent learning to ensure students develop the ability to retain, recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately and to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Hegarty Maths is used as our home learning resource throughout years 7 to 11, which provides good quality teaching and consolidation of work studied in school. Students have the opportunity to complete home learning in school if required or get one to one help with their teachers at break and lunch times.
GCSE Further Mathematics is offered as an additional GCSE through invitation only as a bridge between GCSE and A Level Mathematics.