Introduction of new maths A-levels put back a year

The TES is reporting that ministers have agreed to delay the introduction of new maths A-levels by a further year after concerns were raised by the exams regulator, universities and headteachers…

The decision to put back first teaching of the courses until September 2017 follows worries that the previous 2016 date would have left the first batch of pupils under-prepared for the new qualifications.

They would have taken the existing maths GCSE, which is scheduled to be replaced by a new tougher version coming into schools next September.

Last month Isabel Nisbet executive director of the A-level Content Advisory Board, said: “ALCAB has concluded that the new AS/A-level mathematics content is suitable for the new qualifications, if the first teaching is no earlier than 2017. This is primarily because of the alignment with the new GCSE.

“New GCSE maths is very different from its predecessor and we felt the first cohort doing the new maths must have progressed from the new GCSE not the old.”

The Association of School and College Leaders has backed the call and Ofqual has written to ministers warning that the current maths GCSE does not have the “building blocks” needed to prepare pupils for the problem-solving content in the new maths A-level.

Today Nick Gibb, school reform minister, wrote to Glenys Stacey, Ofqual chief executive and accepted that many in the “mathematics community” shared that view.

“I am content to accept your recommendation to defer first teaching of the new mathematics and further mathematics A/AS levels until September 2017,” his letter says…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The right decision but arrived at in a typically shambolic way by the current incumbents at the DfE

  2. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove fair to students to wait, too often first couples of cohorts seem willingly sacrificed til a new exam system beds in

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