The Government has accepted Ofqual’s recommendation to defer first teaching of the new mathematics and further mathematics A/AS levels until September 2017

Posted: 01/12/2014

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform, said in his letter to Glenys Stacey, Chief Executive of Ofqual:

“I have taken this decision to give mathematics students the best opportunity to benefit from the new qualifications at GCSE and A level, and in particular recognition of the importance of mathematics as a route to a wide range of valuable higher education courses.”

Nick Gibb explains this important decision in his letter to Ofqual.

MEI Chief Executive Charlie Stripp said:

"MEI strongly supports this delay. The new mathematics A levels are designed to build from the new mathematics GCSE, which is first being examined in summer 2017.  If the new A levels had started in September 2016, A level Maths and Further Maths numbers would have been put at serious risk because the first students starting the new A levels would have taken a Mathematics GCSE that did not provide them with the right preparation.  The delay can enable a smooth transition from the new mathematics GCSE to the new mathematics A levels."

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