Literacy & Numeracy
West Exe School has engineered a wide and varied curriculum. However, underpinning its diversity is a bedrock of literacy and numeracy.
In 2022 72% of our students left West Exe with a grade 5 or better in Maths or Maths achieving the highest progress score in the South West region
Summer 2022 results
All students are tested for their reading age and Math ability upon entry. Students that have a reading age somewhat lower than expected will receive bespoke literacy intervention through the Lexia package and 1-1 sessions with a trained literacy TA. Sparx, our maths programme provides targetted questioning and support at exactly he right challenge level to support all.
Dedicated reading time time is given within English lessons all year groups, and reading forms part of our extended practice. With in Maths we have introduced a spiral scheme of learning from Years 7– 11 which provides full coverage of the National Curriculum and beyond, building knowledge over time. It is sequenced using interleaving that ensures students:
Every teacher is a teacher of literacy and Numeracy: staff are armed with students reading ages and tailor curriculum reading material to suit the needs of the students, as well utilising the literacy marking codes to improve students' written communication.
Everything we do at West Exe is research informed.
Reading is at the heart of this school,
Ofsted recognised as a 'reading school.' May In 2022
Confident mathematicians, creative problem solvers
west exe Maths department 2022
A literary canon is a collection of texts which hold significant value: both in the style of writing and in the messages that they give. We pondered long and hard over which books would hold significance for our students at West Exe. By the time they leave us, our students will have read 25 magnificent, thought-provoking and hopefully, life changing texts during tutor time: books that will bring depth, colour and culture to their lives; books that allow them to see the world from many varying perspectives and bring a greater understanding of the way the world works; books that will be a pleasure to read.
We reject the idea that some pupils ‘just can’t do maths’. We believe that through hard work all pupils can improve their understanding and be successful. Our aim is to support our pupils to develop a long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematics. This is achieved through developing their fluency, mathematical reasoning and the ability to solve problems in unison.
We want all of our pupils to be able to take the next step in their educational and life journey through gaining the right skills and qualifications for success through achieving their best. This is more than just examination results: it also encompasses the problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills that run throughout the mathematics curriculum at Ted Wragg.