Maths GCSE standards row prompts call to postpone new exam

The TES is reporting that maths teachers are calling for the introduction of a tough new GCSE to be delayed for a year so they can properly prepare their pupils…

The reformed maths exam – dubbed the “big fat GCSE” because of its extra content – is supposed to be taught from September. But schools have not been given the sample material they need because exam boards have been told not to release any more until a row over standards has been resolved by Ofqual.

A decision by the regulator is not expected until the end of April at the earliest, prompting teachers to demand that the new GCSE be put back to give their students a fair chance.

TES has seen a letter from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) suggesting it would be “prudent to delay the introduction of the new GCSEs by a year”…

To read the full story get the 6 March edition of TES

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Ofqual’s associate director of research and analysis says there is no reason to delay – what do you think? Should it be postponed for a year or would you rather just get on with it?

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The attempted intro of new Maths GCSE has been a farce. Wordy & difficult for difficult’s sake & no material for reference

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Trouble is reform in earlier years (to prepare students for new GCSE) has been delayed. Ofqual stubbornly ploughing ahead

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Trouble is reform in earlier years (to prepare students for new GCSE) has been delayed. Ofqual stubbornly ploughing ahead

  4. cyprusboro

    SchoolsImprove when will they put the kids doing the courses first when they make a decision? idiots to plough on until finalised

  5. andylutwyche

    cyprusboro SchoolsImprove Quite – setting both students and staff up to fail by ploughing on regardless

  6. h_emoney

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Putting it back a year puts the new A-level back another year. It’s been shambolic.

  7. Janet2

    Definitely time to move away from high-stakes exams at 16+.  Gove’s ‘reforms’ have caused chaos and were pushed through with no thought on the impact for schools or pupils.

  8. ReedEdNorth

    SchoolsImprove This is a worry for teachers already facing huge changes. Needs to be communicated NOW. #ukedchat

  9. sophiehazelpop

    SchoolsImprove This presumably would delay the changes to the Maths Alevel.
    It would also make sense to delay the English changes as well.

  10. sophiehazelpop

    SchoolsImprove This presumably would delay the changes to the Maths Alevel.
    It would also make sense to delay the English changes as well.

  11. sophiehazelpop

    SchoolsImprove This presumably would delay the changes to the Maths Alevel.
    It would also make sense to delay the English changes as well.

  12. Trudgeteacher

    SchoolsImprove have the confidence to teach the subject and skills not to the test. ALL teachers need to stand up to being bashed over….

  13. VictoriaJaquiss

    SchoolsImprove I think it’s fair to assume it’s nowt 2 do with raising standards or educating our children. Something else to fail us on?

  14. VictoriaJaquiss

    SchoolsImprove I think it’s fair to assume it’s nowt 2 do with raising standards or educating our children. Something else to fail us on?

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