Maths

At James Brindley, we follow nationally recognised courses and qualifications, including OCR Functional Skills at all levels and Edexcel awards. This complements the general expectations that pupils will follow the AQA GCSE course from year 9. Post 16 education is supported where appropriate, rising to A-Level where suitable staff are available.

We expect  to help all longer term pupils achieve qualifications throughout their time with us. The range of qualifications available means we should always be aiming for another after a certificate is passed or needs to be retaken.

KS4 

AQA GCSE Maths. Pupils will cover the three year course from year 9 to 11.

All pupils will take Mathematics at GCSE level. If GCSE is not an appropriate level, pupils will have the opportunity to take Entry level Certificates, Functional Skills Certificates and will work towards GCSE. As Edexcel awards can be taken in January and June, we hope to offer these as an extra, regular opportunity to gain a qualification.

Assessments:

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 - 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 - 9). Pupils must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series, usually June but a November retake is possible.

Functional Skills Entry Level , Levels 1 to 3 can be taken as a stand-alone short assessment with the class teacher at any time.

OCR Functional Skills at Level 1 or 2 is a longer exam (1 hr 30 min) under normal conditions, requested at about two weeks notice by the class teacher.

Edexcel Awards are in Number and Measure (level 1 and 2), Algebra (levels 2 to 3) and Statistical Methods (levels 1 to 3). They are sat as a public exam in January and June. Entries are discussed with the Director of Maths according to suitability.

AQA Entry level awards are also available in a wide variety of tasks, suitable for lower ability pupils, managed by the class teacher and approved adjudicators.

KS3
 

In year 7 and 8, pupils follow the National Curriculum, supported by modern textbooks and software from Mymaths.

KS2 

Dovedale has a primary classroom following the National Curriculum, along with its milestone assessments. Other centres have similar arrangements.

Key dates for 2018/19 

Maths Challenge  Intermediate         (Y11 or below)                                           Thursday 7 Feb 2019

Maths Challenge  Junior      (Year 8 or below)                                                       Tues 30 April 2017

Mathematics 8300 (new) GCSE Mathematics Exam                                        Summer 2019

Exam board : AQA

Code

Type

Duration

Date

am/pm

 

8300/1F

 

8300/1H

 

8300/2F

 

8300/2H

 

8300/3F

 

8300/3H

 

Written (non-calculator) (new)

 

Written (non-calculator) (new)

 

Written (calculator) (new)

 

Written (calculator) (new)

 

Written (calculator) (new)

 

Written (calculator) (new)

1h 30m

 

1h 30m

 

1h 30m

 

1h 30m

 

1h 30m

 

1h 30m

21 May 2019

 

21 May 2019

 

06 June 2019

 

06 June 2019

 

11 June 2019

 

11 June 2019

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am

 

am

 

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