A new mathematics GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit studentsDate: 24.04.2020
Increasing numbers of post-16 students in England resit GCSE Mathematics, but there is widespread concern that the GCSE Mathematics qualification does not meet the needs of the majority of these students. This raises the question: What mathematics curriculum would be appropriate for these students?
In consultation with key stakeholders and drawing on national and international research, MEI undertook a project to develop an alternative mathematics GCSE curriculum that is better suited to the needs of the majority of students who have not achieved a level 2 pass in GCSE Mathematics by age 16.
The project has shown that a new mathematics GCSE qualification could be developed for post-16 students that would meet the project’s aim. The proposed new qualification would focus on the maths needed for everyday life and work, while retaining the currency and rigour of foundation tier GCSE Mathematics. It would have the same level of demand as foundation tier GCSE Mathematics and so would be limited to GCSE grades 1 to 5.