Following our recent programme of research into the expected difficulty of exam boards’ GCSE maths sample papers, boards were asked to make some adjustments.
Outlined in the attached research report is the approach taken, and results from, the quantitative element of our evaluation of revised submissions. The methodology and results are presented here in a number of phases.
Phase 1 is the original piece of research as published on 21 May 2015. This phase is, therefore, based on the materials that were used for accreditation.
Phase 2 is the first post-research publication review which took place in late May and involved an evaluation of revised assessment materials produced by all exam boards.
Phase 3 includes an evaluation of subsequent submissions from WJEC Eduqas and Pearson (foundation tier) only.
The final phase (Phase 4) includes an evaluation of a further revised set of Pearson (foundation tier) sample materials.
As well as the post-research review, there is a regulatory summary which explains our research and the actions taken.