Currently the majority of Year 7 students are taught in mixed attainment classes in Year 7. In Year 8 students are streamed based on the assessments from Year 7 and the teacher’s professional judgement. In Years 9 to 11 students are setted more rigorously. However, these sets are not fixed and there is sometimes the possibility for students to move sets throughout the year, if appropriate. Where possible, and if appropriate, students tend to stay with the same set, and therefore teacher, throughout Years 10 and 11 to provide continuity.
Currently in Year 7 the majority of sets are taught in mixed attainment classes. There will be one support class, based on their Key Stage 2 Score and any educational needs that require a more tailored approach. During Year 7, students will study six units of work, after completing the initial unit of directed number work. Each topic has a ‘check in’ test which assesses what students already know and what needs to be learnt. Lessons and homework will then be based around these formative assessments to ensure each student makes significant progress from his or her starting point. At the end of the topic, students will sit a ‘check out’ test which will highlight the progress made within the unit.
Students undertake one summative assessment at the end of each year, which is used to contribute to setting decisions for future years.
Currently in Year 8 students are split into two parallel halves with 3 bands. All classes, (except the possibility of the support group) are taught from the same scheme of learning. This allows for fluidity between classes if required. The teacher will differentiate the content as appropriate. The structure of the year is the same as Year 7 and will consist of a further 6 units.
Years 9 and 10
Currently during Years 9 and 10, the GCSE content will be taught after completing an addition KS3 module, following the EdExcel syllabus. Students will study 24 “blocks” of work. End of block tests throughout the course will ensure that students can track their progress and focus their revision. End of year exams will be graded on the new 9-1 GCSE scale.
In Year 11, most students will have studied the whole GCSE syllabus by February half term and the rest of the year will be used for revision. Students will complete five exam cycles throughout the year, enabling teachers to take a diagnostic approach to teaching. Each exam cycle is around four weeks long; during each cycle, students will complete a past paper in exam conditions. These papers will be graded with the most up-to-date boundaries available from the exam board and students will receive a topic breakdown indicating what they need to focus their revision on. Teachers will also use these exams to determine which topics need to be revisited with the whole class.