Cambridge Mathematics started public discussion of their Framework. This deserves attention. A random quote:

The Cambridge Framework allows for identification of context in the following context types:

• pure (the problem situation is in the world of mathematics)

• academic (the problems arise in the context of academic

disciplines other than mathematics)

• everyday authentic (the problem situation might be met by someone in their everyday life using mathematics in ways that would commonly be used, for example in problems relating to personal finance)

• everyday artificial (problems posed in an everyday context using mathematics in ways that would not be typical in everyday practice)

• critical citizenship (for example, engaging mathematically

with data communicated in the media)

• vocational (situations and problems relating to contexts

involving employment).

We are keen to seek opinion on whether these distinctionswould be helpful, in particular in designing and distinguishing between assessments.