Using Mathematics

Summative Judgement of Pupil Achievement in Using Mathematics

The overall summative level that teachers assign for Using Mathematics should be based on a holistic assessment of a pupil’s performance. This involves considering all evidence available for the Requirements alongside Knowledge and Understanding of Number and Algebra; Shape, Space and Measures; and Handling Data.

A pupil awarded a particular level will have fully demonstrated how they meet the Requirements at that level.

External Moderation for Using Mathematics

In mid-February, once every three years, schools must submit samples of pupil work to CCEA that represent the levels which the school intends to award to its Year 10 pupils for Using Mathematics. The pupil work that schools submit to us as part of the external moderation process should reflect the school’s shared understanding of the standards agreed through ongoing internal standardisation.

Using Mathematics Evidence Required for External Moderation

Each school submission for Using Mathematics should include a total of three pieces of pupil work at each level the school intends to report. The pieces may include CCEA-Approved/Exemplar Tasks and must be made up of samples that demonstrate breadth across the Requirements and the three aspects of Knowledge and Understanding (Number and Algebra; Shape, Space and Measures; and Handling Data).

For example, the submission for a school intending to report Levels 4, 5 and 6 should include a total of nine pieces of work: three pieces at each of the three levels to be reported.

Please note that:

  • evidence of Level 1 is not required; and
  • the pieces of pupil work can come from any year group in Key Stage 3 – they do not have to be the work of only Year 10 pupils.

Forms for External Moderation Submissions

Schools will need to include the forms listed below with their moderation submission for Using Mathematics:

  • one Declaration of Internal Standardisation (EMA1 or EMA1 (IM) for Irish medium);
  • one cover sheet (EMA6M (S)) for each level included within the school submission; and
  • one school summary sheet (EMA7S or EMA7S (IM) for Irish medium).

Moderation Follow-Up

This only applies to those schools whose understanding of the standards has not been verified at moderation. Schools can normally access follow-up support from CCEA moderators during June and September.

Using Mathematics Support Resources