At Acorns School we have a team of specialists who aim to remove barriers to learning and to deliver personalised learning. Very often learners have low confidence in their mathematical ability, we aim to increase confidence and attainment in Mathematics so that our learners are either able to reintegrate quickly into mainstream education or they achieve excellent GCSE or Entry level Mathematics qualifications when they leave us in Year 11.
We do this by teaching in small mixed ability classes in both KS3 and KS4. There is an emphasis on developing confidence through problem solving, logical thinking and working together.
All new learners are screened for dyscalculia and are offered specialist 1-1 teaching if required. Other interventions are offered such as a Springboard programme in KS3 and 1-1 study support in KS4. Able Year 9 learners are given the opportunity to be taught as part of a KS4 GCSE class.
In both KS3 and KS4 learners study Algebra, Number, Shape Space and Measure and Handling Data, with topics being extended in KS4.
During KS4 learners follow the AQA linear GCSE specification at either Foundation or Higher level. Some learners are offered the opportunity to sit Entry level qualifications as an alternative to GCSE.
In Key Stage 4 2015 our results were 94% Maths GCSE (70% GCSE Maths 2014)