Society launches new report on statistics in non-maths A-levels

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The Royal Statistical Society and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) will today (11 September 2013) launch a new report looking at how statistics might be taught in ten A-level subjects other than maths.

The new report, ‘A world full of data: Statistics opportunities across A-level subjects’, takes a close look at statistics content in A levels, taking account not just of current syllabuses, but also of the directions in which the various subjects are moving. It looks at how statistics and data handling might be taught in Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Geography, History, Physics, Psychology and Sociology A levels.

The report was written by education expert Roger Porkess and follows on from his report published by the RSS and the IFoA in January 2012, ‘The Future of Statistics in our Schools and Colleges’ (linked to on this page). While last year’s report examined statistics provision in GCSE and A level courses, today’s report focuses completely on A levels, showing what is required in the future development of statistics provision by bridging the gap between secondary and higher education.

Assisted by RSS Guy Lecturer Stella Dudzic, Roger Porkess consulted around 80-100 experts from the different subject areas. The report makes a number of key recommendations, which the Society hopes will be noted by policy makers and curriculum developers.

John Pullinger, president of the Royal Statistical Society, said: ‘In our modern data economy it is important and urgent that we act to give people the skills they need. We need to start early in our schools. Almost every subject at A level requires a significant level of statistical literacy. Increasingly, those individuals, businesses and organisations that get stats will get on. Those that do not will get left behind.’

The report can be downloaded from here.

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