In our brave new world of increasing numeracy rates of young people, our Government has decided on ‘increasing’ the demand of GCSE maths.
This has seen a huge increase in students in Further Education having to study GCSE maths.
But has this ‘higher demand’ seen an improvement in the standard of maths from post-16 students.
NO! What has happened is the maths has become more of the abstract skills that these students already struggle with. All this means more disaffected students who feel like failures of the system.
We need to return to the idea of contextual maths for the majority of students, with greater understanding of the key skills required for most employment.
There needs to be a change in the whole system of assessing mathematical skills at 16+.
Does anyone remember the AQA level 1/2 certificates, with topics such as Finaincial management and data analysis; sounds similar to the specifications for Level 3 Core Maths, doesn’t it.
We should all be pushing for a Level 2 Core Maths as the qualification for Post-16 students and leave the GCSE to 16+ exams.