Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, has confirmed that the awarding organisation Pearson will develop new AS level and A level Statistics qualifications for teaching in schools and colleges from September 2017.
This follows the announcement on 13 October by AQA that it had ceased development of the its version of the new qualifications. This had left schools and colleges unable to offer A level and AS level Statistics from September 2017 onwards.
The qualifications are now being developed by Pearson, and will be made available subject to approval by Ofqual (as per all A level and AS level qualifications). Pearson Edexcel have a mailing list for teachers at schools and colleges who are interested in updates on the development of the new AS and A level Statistics.
Following AQA’s announcement, the RSS liaised with the Department for Education, exam boards, teachers, Fellows, and a wide range of organisations. The Society worked with the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Nuffield Foundation and Nesta on a joint statement, and met with Pearson to discuss their potential development. The RSS also sought to represent the views of our e-Teacher members in its discussions with the Department for Education and Pearson. The Society will now follow Pearson’s progress with developing the qualification with interest.
The Royal Statistical Society welcomes the development. Scott Keir, Head of education and statistical literacy comments, 'We are pleased that Pearson is taking forward development of the new A level Statistics and AS level Statistics. As we outline in our Data Manifesto, we see A level Statistics as a valuable pathway for students aged 16-18, alongside qualifications such as A level Mathematics and Core Maths.
'We view this as important particularly for those students keen to develop applied statistical and data analysis skills in preparation for further study in quantitative subjects such as psychology, biology, economics and the social sciences.'
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