GCSE Mathematics


The GCSE Maths curriculum at Work Skills Learning is based on what the students need to know by the end of Key Stage 4 as directed by the National Curriculum. The students study  Edexcel’s (9-1) GCSE Higher/Foundation tier exam. This is assessed by three examinations, one non-calculator and two calculators. The GCSE mathematics course builds on the areas of mathematics which students have already studied in Years 7 and 8:

  • number
  • algebra
  • ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • geometry and measures
  • probability
  • statistics

Pupils also continue to develop their skills in using and applying mathematics by completing investigations and Maths challenge questions.

All pupils are exposed to work that extends and enriches the curriculum beyond the normal GCSE, including Further Maths and A Level topics.


At Work Skills Learning pupils will master concepts at their own level of understanding and pace. Those who grasp concepts quickly will move on to secure and deepen their understanding sooner, whilst students who are not sufficiently fluent yet will consolidate their understanding with additional practice and support.

Each lesson follows our three stages:

  • Emerging – where students practise their understanding of the concept.
  • Developing  – where questions challenge how embedded the concept is, both in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Securing –  addressing and identifying misconceptions are a key component of these activities. Questions include: True or False? Always, Sometimes, Never. Convince me. What is it? What is it not? Odd One Out.
  • Mastering – where understanding of the concept is applied through problem-solving.

Gaps in previously taught content may also be addressed for individuals.


The progress that students make over time is clear evidence of the impact of teaching and learning.

At Work Skills Learning Maths Curriculum is measured by a combination of formative assessment

  • Discussions
  • Questioning
  • Resourced activities
  • Independent tasks

and summative assessment carried out at the end of each topic.

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