Issues surrounding compulsory maths to age 18

Issues surrounding compulsory maths to age 18

A wide ranging discussion at the AoC conference but with some really interesting highlights which I’ve tried to summarise in the five bullet points below.

  • A significant problem area in GCSE is understanding and applying interest rates. Too many learners fail to attempt these questions leading to significant deficiencies in financial numeracy, even where learners pass GCSE at grade C.
  • Too much focus at secondary school is applied to “passing GCSE” rather than numeracy to support an active citizenship life.
  • 88% of learners who do not achieve level 4 in their SATS at age 11 will go on to fail GCSE.
  • A learner who has failed GCSE resit more than twice is very unlikely to be engaged and motivated to pass in the future.
  • GCSE Maths is an abstract concept – it is complex maths in a simple context. Whereas real life problems almost always demand simple and straightforward maths in a complex context.

Thoughts and comments welcomed.

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