#### The TES is reporting that new maths qualifications designed to encourage students to continue studying the subject beyond GCSE have been unveiled…

The six core maths qualifications, which will count towards school and college league tables and the TechBacc performance measure, have been drawn up as alternatives to A-levels and are intended to prepare young people for the world of work.

The qualifications – developed with advice from employers, universities and professional bodies – teach pupils how to “apply maths to analyse situations”, such as mortgages, house prices changes and investments.

But a school leaders’ union has warned that the move could be hampered by a shortage of maths teachers.

School reform minister Nick Gibb said the level 3 courses developed by the OCR, City & Guilds, AQA, Pearson and WJEC exam boards would address the sixth-form “maths gap”.

“England has been falling behind other countries’ maths performance, which is why we have launched a new maths curriculum to match the best in the world and are introducing rigorous new GCSE and A-level maths qualifications,” he said…

More at: New post-16 qualifications to tackle ‘maths gap’ after GCSE

See more directly from the DfE at: Launch of new high-quality post-16 maths qualifications

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andylutwyche

SchoolsImprove As school leaders say, who’ll teach these new maths qualifications? Gibb ignores it as usual, failing to face up to reality

andylutwyche

SchoolsImprove There are not enough maths teachers at present plus not enough applying to become maths teachers despite the bribes/grants

jess_madge

andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Teaching maths to reluctant 17 year olds who think they “can’t do it”. Hmm.

andylutwyche

jess_madge SchoolsImprove Might appeal to a few teachers but not enough I suspect. Can colleges afford a contract that would attract them?

chaloner88

andylutwyche SchoolsImprove And not enough effective maths teachers wishing to switch schools due to different pay policies and PRP.

andylutwyche

chaloner88 SchoolsImprove Quite – as I have discovered in the last month! All these issues are being completely ignored by ministers

chaloner88

andylutwyche How is your school trying to work round the issue?

andylutwyche

chaloner88 Not sure of official policy but I’d guess they advertise on “normal” scale, see what they get then offer incentives if need be

Yorkshire_Steve

MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove we’ve been here before. Advanced level FSMQs anyone? Didn’t get traction.

andylutwyche

chaloner88 Budgets’ very tight for all schools so if “incentives” can be avoided then that’s less pressure on the budget. Can’t blame them

chaloner88

andylutwyche Sounds familiar. Have a good day.

andylutwyche

“chaloner88: andylutwyche Sounds familiar. Have a good day.” Thanks, you too

paulsnorman

andylutwyche SchoolsImprove damn those immigration restrictions – think of all the Chinese teachers we could import!! #rockandhardplace

andylutwyche

paulsnorman SchoolsImprove Fair point! I’m sure that the appropriate strings could be pulled if need be

paulsnorman

andylutwyche SchoolsImprove extend UK Citizenship to any maths teacher from Hong Kong. China won’t mind, surely – we’re British!

paulsnorman

andylutwyche SchoolsImprove extend UK Citizenship to any maths teacher from Hong Kong. China won’t mind, surely – we’re British!

andylutwyche

paulsnorman SchoolsImprove Absolutely! Free UK passport with a box of Hong Kong breakfast cereal!

paulsnorman

andylutwyche SchoolsImprove there’s a touch of The Goon Show about that! Love it!

andylutwyche

“paulsnorman: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove there’s a touch of The Goon Show about that! Love it!” Nice!

GarethLewis76

SchoolsImprove designed to help young people to be work ready is a good thing. Could it could also be taught by business teachers?

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove The problem is a) no teachers b) no incentive to take them & will be lower priority than AL

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove c) For core Maths to work have to move away from ALs to broader Bac approach?

clyn40

andrew_1910 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove I agree with A and B as for C I don’t have enough knowledge to make judgement 1/2

clyn40

andrew_1910 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove However something needs to be done to sort this 2/2

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove It has been thus since 1960s when I was at school. It would need a 20 yr plan to put right.

clyn40

andrew_1910 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove I know, need to look at why they are failing. Go back to the start and work it from there.

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove The resource has to go in at primary and be developed up from there. Developing post 16 quals is a …

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove …a sticking plaster applied to the wrong wound.

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove It would also be anathema to successive govs wedded to targets, but why not treat maths like music grades

clyn40

andrew_1910 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove Agree. That’s what I was thinking too. Needs to flow right from EY to post comp.

Charity40683

andrew_1910 I’m Charity U don’t know me but I really need help I have an emergency go here for details _PleaseDonate_

MaryMyatt

andrew_1910 clyn40 SchoolsImprove exactly

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove and reward and describe kids as they go though the system, so no one frankly is able to to say I’m no ..

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove …good at Maths and effectively give up at yr 7. Finally Vorderman’ s excellent report, commissioned by

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove ..Gove when in opposition identified KS2 SATS as a big issue. ie no teaching just drilling in yr6..

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove ..Gove when in opposition identified KS2 SATS as a big issue. ie no teaching just drilling in yr6..

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove ..Gove when in opposition identified KS2 SATS as a big issue. ie no teaching just drilling in yr6..

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove …followed by no work after May then sec schs not being able to follow on.

clyn40

andrew_1910 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove Yes, my daughter in Y6 and already declaring she hates maths and is rubbish at it.

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove Whereas my stepson missed a lot of yr6, pottered about at own pace and on return got 5 at SATs.

andrew_1910

clyn40 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove And is still OK in yr10.

clyn40

andrew_1910 MaryMyatt SchoolsImprove Good 🙂