Society issues response to DfE 'core maths' technical guidance consultation

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The Royal Statistical Society has responded to the Department for Education's consultation on technical guidance (PDF) for the new 'core maths' qualification.

The technical guidance proposals follow on from the DfE's consultation on the new qualification back in February, which the RSS also responded to.

Regarding the latest consultation, the RSS expressed concern that there still appears to be a lack of clarity on the size of the qualification and how it will be graded. It called for more detail regarding the grading specification (which currently only specifies ‘a minimum of four grades’) and suggested that the new course take up 120 hours of mixed Level 2 and Level 3 content, matched to 180 guided learning hours (an AS level is 180 hours).

The Society reiterated its position that the new course should include 'exposure to real world data, asking critical questions of the data, and analysing it in spreadsheets' but expressed concern that an exam-based assessment worth 80% of the grade may not give enough encouragement to practical, classroom-based assignments. 'We would favour the use of data pre-released before exams,' the Society added.

The Society also insisted that the course should not just be judged on take-up in schools, but also on how it helps students' success across other subjects.

Department for Education's consultation on technical guidance on 'core maths' qualifications for 16-18 year olds (PDF)

The RSS's consultation response (PDF)

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