Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME response to the Department for Education and Ofqual consultations on GCSE reform

20 August 2013

ACME submitted a response to the Department for Education and Ofqual consultations on 20 August 2013.

Find ACME's response here.

 

Some issues raised in the consultation response include:

Proposed subject content: While it is a laudable goal to seek to raise aspiration, and one which ACME supports, ACME is concerned that the more advanced GCSE subject content will only be accessible to a very small part of the cohort. Increasing content is likely to lead to superficial coverage, rather than mastery, of key concepts.

Tiering: GCSE Mathematics should be tiered but there should be no overlap between the tiers, thus ensuring a single route to any grade. ACME proposes that two tiers are assessed through three papers. All students would take two papers (lower + middle, middle + upper): 'threshold' performance on the first paper would be needed for access to a grade obtainable from the second paper.  

 

 

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