Consultation outcome

GCSE reform: regulations for mathematics

This consultation has concluded

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GCSE Mathematics: Decisions on Requirements and Guidance

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Analysis of Responses to our Consultation on Requirements and Guidance for GCSE Mathematics

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Detail of outcome

We have decided to make a small change to our requirements to make them clearer, and to adopt our proposed guidance in full.

This means we are introducing:

  • new requirements which give exam boards limited flexibility to deviate from the specified assessment objective weightings in a particular set of exams
  • revised guidance to promote more effective assessment of mathematical problem-solving

We have now published revised versions of our:

Original consultation

Summary

This consultation is about the requirements and guidance we need to put in place for new GCSEs in mathematics.

This consultation ran from
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Consultation description

We published the conditions, requirements and guidance for new GCSE mathematics in April 2014.

Exam boards used these rules and guidance to develop specifications and sample assessment materials for the new GCSE and we accredited these between September 2014 and January 2015. While all specifications that we accredited met our requirements, during accreditation we identified some aspects that we believed could be improved.

This consultation is about additional subject-specific requirements and guidance that we need to put in place to ensure better assessment of mathematical problem-solving in new GCSE mathematics.

Documents

GCSE Mathematics: Consultation on Requirements and Guidance

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Published 21 May 2015
Last updated 30 June 2015 + show all updates
  1. Published consultation outcome, and revised requirements and guidance for GCSE mathematics
  2. First published.