Mathematics GCSE

In Year 9, there is a definite policy of ‘setting’ in Mathematics. These sets are by no means fixed and changes are readily made at regular intervals, throughout the three years of GCSE, when necessary.

In Years 10 and 11, the focus is specifically on the GCSE; we follow the Edexcel Board. Again, the groups are taught in sets. Since 2008, Mathematics at a national level in England has realigned itself, by offering the subject at GCSE level on two tiers only. The initiative of pupils taking the modular GCSE examinations in the UK no longer exists. National policy dictates that all GCSE pupils, from 2013/14 onwards, will follow the GCSE linear examination, with two terminal papers to be taken - one a calculator exam and one a non-calculator exam. Also, since 2008/9 there is no longer a coursework component to GCSE Mathematics. However, some investigative project-type work is pursued for enrichment, particularly with more able pupils. Most pupils at Blundell's pursue the Higher Tier. In Years 10 and 11, the top set is accelerated. This creates time to do a further branch of Mathematics - in the recent past, the Set 1 pupils have successully completed the GCSE Statistics course; and last year they did the A-Level Decision Mathematics module. Mr Graham Cumming, the Mathematics Qualification Development Officer at Edexcel (London Board), addressed us on the topic of the new GCSE.

Students wishing to continue with Mathematics as an A Level need to be successful at the Higher level.

Henry Roffe-SilvesterPeter Gordon

GCSE group