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."