Maths, Business Studies & ICT The mathematics area consists of five classrooms all with data projectors wireless tables as well as a computer room suite consisting of 32 work stations. We use a wide range of resources that provoke mathematical thinking and discussion in lessons alongside those that allow students to develop confidence in the topics they are studying. In the computer suite we are fortunate to be able to give students experience in learning mathematics through specialist dynamic geometry and graphing packages as well as online learning resources. All students follow the GCSE Mathematics course in year 10 and 11. The focus of this course has moved from students being asked abstract questions towards testing the student’s ability to handle functional mathematics. This means, where possible, questions will be given in a real life context. Marks will also be awarded for the quality of written response which will require students to think carefully about how they structure their arguments and solutions. All students follow a linear course with the examinations taking place in year 11. Students are grouped in mathematics according to their ability. These are based on their Key Stage 3 teacher assessments and on the recommendation of their High School teachers. Regular assessment during the two years allows us to carefully monitor their progress and make any adjustments to sets as necessary. Our tracking systems allow us to identify quickly any students that are underachieving and put into place intervention to get them back on track. The work we do with intervention has been recognised by the LEA who has made us a lead department for intervention in the county. Mathematics continues to be a popular option at post-16 with around a third of all students in year 12 and 13 studying one of our courses. The most popular course is the A-level option in Mathematics. During this course students build on the knowledge gained through their GCSE and learn mathematics that prepares them for further study in the sciences, business, psychology and other areas. For those who want to pursue a subject with a large mathematical content such as engineering, we offer a double A-level course that allows them to complete both the A-level Mathematics course and the A-level Further Mathematics course over the two years. Alongside this we run an AS course in Statistics to support students who are studying other subjects with a large statistical content and we offer a GCSE class in post-16 for those wanting to improve on their GCSE grade. The Business Studies Department offers courses at GCSE and A level that provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them make sense of the complex and dynamic economic, business and financial environment in which they live. A wide range of resources are used to provoke analytical thinking and discussion in lessons in order to provide an opportunity for students to develop confidence in the topics being studied. This includes the use of up to date case studies based on current business developments both within the UK and abroad, online learning resources where students are given the chance to complete independent research and group work, in addition to making use of business news via BBC news clips and articles posted on the tutor2u website. The programme of study at GCSE level engages students in a variety of key business topics, including the Business Environment, Marketing, Production, Finance and Human Resources. Assessment of the GCSE course involves two examined units and one controlled assessment. Marks are awarded for the quality of written response which will require students to think carefully about how they structure their arguments. All students follow a linear course with both the examinations and controlled assessment taking place in year 11. Business Studies continues to be a popular option at post-16 with both existing students choosing to continue studying the subject into A Level and new students opting to study the subject for the first time. During the A level Business Studies course students build on the knowledge gained through GCSE and study theories and concepts that prepare them for further study in Business, Accounting and Economics courses at University. Studying ICT is an ideal preparation for a technological world in which ICT touches every part of our daily lives. Hind Leys is committed to the use of ICT throughout the college. Constantly increasing ICT provision has facilitated the continued use of current technology across all Areas of Learning. At Hind Leys we offer two different pathways in IT. In year 10 and 11 we offer the GCSE Computing course and the BTEC Level 2 in IT. The GCSE Computing course develops students understanding of how the different components of a computer work and they are introduced to computer programming. Sixty percent of the course is based on coursework and involves students designing programmes to solve real-life problems and learning how to develop mobile phone apps. The BTEC option still gives students the understanding of how the different components of a computer work but looks more at the use of ICT in the workplace. At Hind Leys, students complete the following units during the two year course: Unit 2 – Technology Systems (externally assessed) Unit 3 – A Digital Portfolio (internally assessed) Unit 8 – Mobile Apps Development (internall assessed) Unit 9 – Spreadsheet Development (internally assessed) In year 12 and 13 we currently offer a BTEC Level 3 in IT. This course explores computer components in more depth and introduces topics such as computer programming and website design. Currently at Hind Leys, the students complete the following units Communicating and Employability Skills in IT Computer Systems Client Side Customisation of web pages Website Production Software Design and Development Event driven programming We are looking at introducing A-level computing from 2015.