Impact assessment

English and mathematics GCSE content: equality analysis

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

An analysis of the impact of the subject content of reformed English and maths GCSEs regarding discrimination and equality of opportunity.



This document assesses the impact of new GCSE content in English literature, English language and mathematics with reference to the protected characteristics of pupils or students.

The relevant protected characteristics are:

  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

On 1 November 2013 the Secretary of State for Education made a written ministerial statement to Parliament setting out the government’s reformed GCSE subject content consultation response and the new subject content for: