Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 is taught to children for three years after they have transitioned from primary school to secondary. 


It is during this stage that students develop fluency, reason mathematically, and really start to solve problems.

National Curriculum assessments (known as SATS) were previously sat in the final year of Key Stage 3 (year 9). However, they were discontinued and teachers now assess children via coursework and class tests.

Key Stage 3 is considered important as it prepares students for the much bigger challenge they will face at Key Stage 4. Mathematical concepts are hierarchical, and so laying the groundwork is crucial during this stage.

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With the introduction of the new, tougher 9-1 GCSE maths qualification, many schools are now incorporating more difficult topics from Key Stage 4 into Key Stage 3 lessons.


In addition, Key Stage 4 material was generally introduced in year 10, but is now increasingly introduced in year 9.


The result of increasing the challenge at Key Stage 3 is that the confidence of some students has been affected.


For students who have been struggling with some of the new material being introduced, or wish to move up a set prior to Key Stage 4, 1-1 maths tuition can help to boost confidence and prevent students from falling behind.