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

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

 

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  1. andylutwyche

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

  2. andylutwyche

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

  3. andylutwyche

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

  4. chaloner88

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

  5. andylutwyche

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. paulsnorman

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

  9. paulsnorman

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

  10. paulsnorman

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

  11. GarethLewis76

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

  12. andrew_1910

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 …

  16. andrew_1910

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

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  18. 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 ..

  19. andrew_1910

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

  20. andrew_1910

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

  21. andrew_1910

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

  22. andrew_1910

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

  23. 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.

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