At the Smart Centre and the MMES each child is challenged to maximise their full potential in Maths as it relates to the National Curriculum and real life. The pupils in years 7-9 follows the KS3 Maths Progress syllabus which is differentiated for students of all abilities. This new course is based on 10 key principles designed to nurture confidence and raise achievement. The 10 key principles are; fluency, mathematical reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, problem solving, progression, concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA), relevance, modelling, reflection and linking.
Pupils in years 10 and 11 follow the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics syllabus. Most of the students will be assessed in their GCSE at the end of year 11. However, depending on their ability in year 10 they may also be given the opportunity to sit the exam early. Those students in year 10 who didn’t sit the GCSE exam are given the chance to sit some form of assessment by way of Entry Levels qualifications.
The student text book uses a mastery approach which allows students to reach a higher level in each topic before moving on. It assumes a certain level of knowledge from KS3. To aid students’ success additional resources are provided in the form of problem solving books, revision guides, and revision work books. Each student is provided with access to at least one online maths platform. The work provided for students is differentiated and meets their learning needs according to their ability.