Having read the Ofqual A Level Reform Consultation I suggest that DfE:
- Be wary of changes which may lead to a reduction in numbers taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
- Accept that there MUST be a common core in at least the pure parts of Maths and Further Maths.
- Accept that if the country/government is serious about wanting a more numerate population then the maths curriculum must be drawn up to do the job, not fitted into an unsuitable mould for the sake of ‘consistency’ across subjects.
- Accept that, at A level, no one exam can test satisfactorily the whole ability range in mathematics.
- For minimum disruption, redesign something like AEA or STEP to stretch the top ability range with problems (where students are not led through to the solution) and where rigour and good style are recognised and rewarded. Fund it and make it more accessible than the present AEA/STEP, with on-line support as for Further Maths. (I imagine HE are not so unhappy with the content of Maths and Further Maths but with the lack both of rigour and of problem solving.)
[Related posts: Universities to set A-levels; A Level Reform Consultation; Commons Select Committee on Education: Introduce National Syllabuses]