Alternative maths GCSE resit curriculum to be tested

A new curriculum for post-16 GCSE maths students is to be developed, it has been announced.The Nuffield Foundation has awarded about £60,000 in funding to Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) to investigate the feasibility of a new mathematics GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit students.MEI will consult stakeholders from this month to develop a new curriculum for these students, most of whom resit at FE colleges. This will have a greater emphasis on applying maths in realistic contexts than the existing qualification. MEI will then carry out a small-scale study to test the suitability of this new curriculum. The project will report towards the end of 2019.It is a condition of funding for colleges in England that students who achieved a grade 3 (or D) in maths or English GCSE should resit the qualification.This controversial policy has led to a significant increase in the number of college students sitting GCSE exams. And of the over 170,000 young people resat their maths GCSE last summer, only 23.7 per cent achieved at least a grade 4 or equivalent.

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