Mathematics Department

Ravinder Sekhon Maths The Mathematics Department at Rashid School is a thriving unit of four full-time members of staff and two part time staff. One who shares his teaching responsibility with the economics department and one with extra responsibilities with the Senior Management Team (SMT). There is an established pattern of teamwork in the department and teachers are encouraged to develop innovative and successful teaching strategies. Meetings are held on a weekly basis and all contributions are valued and evaluated.

In Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9, the students are divided into five sets. The course they follow has been adopted from established resources or written when required by the department and matches closely the philosophy and content of the National Curriculum in England. The students are assessed at the end of Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 by external “GL Progress Test for Mathematics (PTM)” and internally using the National Curriculum Optional/Progress Tests. Year 10 will also be assessed externally using GL PTM’s and internally using exams developed by the department.

 In Key Stage 4 and 5, we follow Pearson Edexcel courses both at IGCSE and at IA-level and have a history of examination success.

Students leaving at the end of Year 12 sit, in addition to their AS-levels, the American College Board SAT examinations. This is an external exam taken by the students in a venue outside of the school site. The department offers support to these students with voluntary attendance required for classes delivered on a Thursday afternoon.

The department continues to integrate ICT into its work schemes and has a range of software at its disposal on the school network. The students have access to school software at home that is monitored by their teacher and this includes “Mymaths” and “Prodigy”. Teaching resources include “Active Learn” used in conjunction with interactive whiteboards available in all the classrooms.