Core maths support programme guidance

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Core maths is a qualification designed for young people who’ve attained a C grade or better in maths at GCSE, but who’ve chosen not to continue with the subject at A level.

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Core maths is a qualification designed for young people who’ve attained a C grade or better in maths at GCSE, but who’ve chosen not to continue with the subject at A level.

The qualification will be fully available from September 2015 while an 'early adopters' initiative was launched in September 2014 as a precursor to full implementation.

NAHT and NAHT Edge believe this is a potentially valuable qualification. Although not mandatory, the intention to include it in performance tables is a clear indication that schools will be under pressure to offer it. We’re concerned  that this, allied with the size of the reformed GCSE specifications and the requirement to provide maths for those yet to achieve a level two qualification, will increase the demand for maths teaching without sufficient regard for supply issues.

The sources of information below include a basic guide to the programme and a presentation summarising developments to date. The latter includes details of the proposed UCAS tariff.

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