Contacting the Team
If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Mathematics team by leaving a message with reception or by emailing our enquiry address.
We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the academy day or the following academy day.
By telephone: 0121 464 2737 (Main school switchboard)
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why nurturing confidence raises achievement
Nurture students’ confidence so that they can work independently, take risks and persevere, and they will experience success. If students do believe they are no good at mathematics, they are likely to give up before they have really tried. That is why research shows a strong link between confidence and achievement in mathematics. This is why nurturing confidence is at the heart of our new Key Stage 3 Mathematics course.
In preparing our new KS3 Maths course, leading mathematics education researchers and Key Stage 3 teachers across a range of schools:
- Closely examined the new UK National Curriculum for Mathematics (including Key Stage 2)
- Appraised the best performing countries in mathematics
- Reviewed some recent and most commonly cited research papers in mathematics education
- Audited the most respected and well-used mathematics resources, both print and digital.
As a result, we have developed a brand-new approach to Key Stage 3 Mathematics, designed to nurture confidence and raise achievement.
The 10 Key Principles of KS3 Mathematics
The GCSE is assessed by written examination, which means no coursework will be required. The content of our GCSE Mathematics specification is grouped into topic areas:
Proportion and rates of change Geometry and measures
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics (1MA1) – Syllabus and past papers are available on the Pearson Edexcel website.
The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 to 1) in Mathematics is a tiered qualification. There are two tiers:
- Foundation tier – grades 1 to 5 available
- Higher tier – grades 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed).
The assessment for each tier of entry consists of three externally examined papers; all three must be from the same tier of entry. Students must complete all three papers in the same assessment series.
This 5 year scheme of work for lower ability students identifies areas of overlap between the KS3 Maths Progress Pi 1, 2 and 3 student books and the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Foundation student book. In Year 7 and Year 8, students cover all units from KS3 Maths Progress Pi that are required as prior knowledge before moving on to the GCSE course in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11. This includes a 'Number skills' unit, that can be taught either at the end of Year 8 or at the start of Year 9.
This 5 year scheme of work for middle ability students identifies areas of overlap between the KS3 Maths Progress Theta 1, 2 and 3 student books and the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Foundation and Higher student books. In Year 7 and Year 8, students cover all units from KS3 Maths Progress Theta that are required as prior knowledge before moving on to study the GCSE course in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11. At the end of Year 8 or the start of Year 9, students can take the GCSE Baseline test to determine whether they should take the Higher or the Foundation course. The units are presented in a different order for Theta 2, as the extra content added to Unit 3 requires that it is placed after the percentages teaching in Unit 10.
This 5 year scheme of work for higher ability students identifies areas of overlap between the KS3 Maths Progress Delta 1, 2 and 3 student books and the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Higher student book. In Year 7 and Year 8, students cover all units from KS3 Maths Progress Delta that are required as prior knowledge before moving on to the GCSE course in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11.
Studying maths helps develop skills in logical thinking, problem solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors.
There's a demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a range of sectors. Mathematicians work in the petroleum and nuclear industries, medicine and health, IT, business consultancy and operational research, space science and astronomy, as well as many forms of engineering and different government departments.
Typical employers include:
- Local and central government
- Educational establishments
- Pharmaceutical industry
- IT companies
- Engineering companies
- Insurance companies
- Market research and marketing companies
- Finance, banking and accountancy firms.
Mathematical Circles are designed for young people with an interest in mathematics. They aim to promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to meet other students who enjoy mathematics.
At Harborne Academy, we provide an out-of-school-hours maths club to promote extraordinary maths thinking. We offer the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Mathematical Challenges within the individual sector and are looking to introduce the grouped based challenges in the near future.
Money Matters – Legal & General
Everyday money is a financial education programme for secondary schools. The Programme tours secondary schools throughout the UK teaching young students about finance: how to earn; spend; and save money.
The lessons are part of the Every Day Money (EDM) programme run in partnership with EdComs educating young people in preparing for the future responsibilities around money.
Activities included working out how to manage their money, how to work out income tax and how to budget.