From The Telegraph:
Competing exam boards will be abolished under sweeping reforms to GCSE-level qualifications to be set
out by the Coalition next week. […]
Mr Gove hinted at next week’s plans when he appeared before the Commons education committee this week.
The Commons Education Select Committee’s records are still not published, so we have to wait for details.
This is the first time the A*-C pass rate has fallen in the 24-year history of GCSE. The exams were first taken in 1988.
In maths, 58.4% of entries got at least a C grade, down from 58.8% in 2011, and 15.4% got A*-A, compared to 16.5% last summer.
Here you can find result statistics for OCR, Edexcel, AQA.
Times Educational Supplement (Friday 20 July 2012, No. 5002, p.16) published ‘The leaked timetable for the introduction of new qualifications’:
Summer 2012 Exam boards are due to bid for franchises to run exams in English, maths and science.
By Christmas 2012 Winning exam boards are expected to be announced.
September 2013 Final cohort of pupils will start GCSEs.
September 2014 O level-style courses in English, maths and science will begin.
On 23 May 2012 Department for Education published Draft Programme of Study for Primary Mathematics. From the official announcement:
The Secretary of State has written to Tim Oates, the Chair of the Expert Panel, with his response to the panel’s recommendations for the primary curriculum. The Secretary of State has also confirmed that he will write again to the panel about the secondary curriculum in due course. You can view a copy of the letter from Michael Gove to Tim Oates regarding the National Curriculum update. Draft Programme of Study for […] mathematics has also been published. These drafts are a starting point for discussion with key stakeholders at this stage, but there will be a full public consultation on revised drafts which will start towards the end of this year.
This blog could be a natural place to start an in-depth discussion of the new curriculum. The following (independently developed) draft curriculum could be useful for such a discussion:
A. D. Gardiner, A draft school mathematics curriculum for all written from a humane mathematical perspective: Key Stages 1–4, The De Morgan Journal, 2 no. 3 (2012), pp. 1–138.
Abstract: This draft was hammered out by a small group, which included experienced school teachers, textbook authors, curriculum administrators, and mathematicians. In particular, many helpful suggestions from Tony Barnard, Richard Browne, Rosemary Emanuel, and David Rayner have contributed to the current version. It offers a mathematician’s-eye-view of school mathematics to age 16, which we hope will serve as a useful focus for wider discussion and debate.
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From a article by Amol Rajan in The Independent:
An educational landmark has just been passed that has rather striking implications for our school system. Over the weekend, reports confirmed that pupils who speak English as an additional language (EAL) – that is, not their first – are now outperforming their native, English-speaking counterparts for the first time.
Government data, based only on results in England,shows that 80.8 per cent of EAL pupils achieved five A*-C GCSEs last year. That compares with 80.4 per cent of pupils for whom English is a mother tongue. Native English speakers are still just ahead on the five A*-C GCSEs if Maths and English are included – but EAL pupils have closed the gap since 2008, and will probably overtake them in the next couple of years.
Graeme Paton in The Telegraph:
GCSEs in key subjects such as English literature and mathematics are to be toughened up amid fears pupils are being allowed to pass with a superficial knowledge of the curriculum, it is announced today.
Examiners are being ordered to redraft syllabuses following warnings from the official qualifications watchdog that exams have become too easy. […]
Today, Ofqual will announce that GCSEs in English literature, mathematics, history, and geography will be re-written to provide the “appropriate range and depth of the subject”.
Glenys Stacey, the watchdog’s chief executive, said the watchdog was “tightening GCSEs in these key subjects to make sure students cover the whole curriculum”. […]
New-style geography and maths syllabuses will be improved for teaching from this autumn, while history and English literature papers will be overhauled in 2013.