Royal Institution

 Dear Friends
 You may have read about the possible sale of the Royal Institution. The RI has been a seat of scientific discovery in the UK and is a national treasure. It would be a national and international disgrace if it were not preserved for the nation. It has inspired so many and continues to do so.
Please sign the government petition and forward this email to everyone you think might be supportive.
This link  gives some background.
Thank you.
Rosemary
rosemary.emanuel >>at<<  gmail.com

What should be the priorities of Ofqual A Level Reform Consultation?

Having read the Ofqual A Level Reform Consultation I suggest that DfE:

  1. Be wary of changes which may lead to a reduction in numbers taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
  2. Accept that there MUST be a common core in at least the pure parts of Maths and Further Maths.
  3. 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.
  4. Accept that, at A level, no one exam can test satisfactorily the whole ability range in mathematics.
  5. 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.)

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