Maths Dept information Jan 2013 by IH1DDn9


									                          MATHEMATICS AT LAVINGTON

Lavington School is a Specialist Mathematics and Computing School. Our results at
Key Stage 3 are well above national average. At Key Stage 4, pupils sit the AQA
GCSE Linear Maths examination and approximately 30 students each year sit AQA
Statistics, and AQA GCSE Further Maths. In 2010 we were the best non-selective
school in Wiltshire for A* to C, and also for three levels of student progress. In 2012,
79% of our students achieved grades A* to C, with over 27% achieving A*-A.

The department consists of a team of six friendly, enthusiastic and supportive
teachers and one dedicated TA. We firmly believe in spending time as a department
discussing and reviewing ideas for more effective teaching. Each teacher has his or
her own designated classroom equipped with an interactive whiteboard. We teach
mathematics in six sets (for five tutor groups), each student having four fifty minute
lessons per week (three in year 9).

The revised National Framework is covered throughout Key Stage 3, our Schemes
of Work having developed in line with this. Our main resource at Key Stage 3 is the
Collins “New Maths Frameworking” textbooks, which we supplement with other
resources. At Key Stage 4, our primary resource is the Longman AQA set of books.

We have a strong and successful ethos of target setting in the department and
students are well aware of the high expectations that we have of them. We
constantly monitor targets against performance and provide help and
encouragement for all students. Where a student does underachieve, this is
identified early and a student is guided and supported in how to reach his or her
target. We regularly review progress and make set changes as appropriate.

In order to stretch the more able and promote a positive image of mathematics, we
enter students for the National Mathematics Challenge at Junior and Intermediate
level, and have had success at all levels. We also participate in local gifted and
talented programmes and mathematics competitions. We have recently begun to
hold annual Inter-form maths competitions for Key Stage 3. These involve all
students in earlier stages and a grand final for the best mathematicians in each tutor
group and have been very well received by students.

A large number of our students go on to study mathematics at A level.

                                                            Gary Ford (Subject Leader)

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