Subject Information - Statistics


The aim of Statistics is to provide students with the knowledge and techniques to carry out investigations and scrutinise real world data. This can be in a wide range of contexts such as populations, climate, sales etc. It allows students to identify trends and patterns in data using appropriate calculations and data visualisation techniques. It also gives the students the understanding as to how technology is used to analyse large quantities of data to inform decision-making processes in public, commercial and academic sectors.

We have input from parents in the financial sectors who have offered their expertise to show how Statistics have been applied. The parents have joined us in the classroom.

Resources and support materials can be found on Google Classroom.

Further information can be requested from the Head of Department/Lead Teacher, Justin Coad,


GCSE Statistics

Exam Board


Paper 1


Papers assess all content.

Paper 2



Link to the Specification


Teaching Schedule

This provides an overview of the schedule. For more details on individual topics, please refer to the specification above. All topics fit into the statistical enquiry cycle. The skills broadly covered are:

  1. The collection of data.
  2. Processing, representing and analysing data.
  3. Probability problem solving.



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

What is a Statistic?

Types of data.

Data collection strategies.

Practical activities involving survey and sampling design. 

Averages and range 1.

Statistical diagrams.

Full range of diagrams (for example choropleth maps).

Correlation 1. Scattergraphs and lines of best fit.

Chain base and simple index numbers.

Time series and moving averages.

Probability 1 covering the overlap between GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Statistics probability work.

Year 10

Quality assurance.

Birth rates and death rates.

Correlation 2. Spearmans, Pearsons correlation coefficients.

Comparative pie charts.

Cumulative frequency, box and whisker. Also this will include the calculation of outliers.

The Normal Distribution.

This will cover the full range of topics including Standard Deviation, standardised scores.

Year 11

Probability 2. Leading to the Binomial Theorem. This will include experimental work.

Combinations of topics at the more sophisticated level. For example different calculations of skew.





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