I’ve just been doing this year’s Maths A level paper 3. The first stats question was undoable if students hadn’t memorised a key aspect of the large data set. When I looked at the examiner’s report for the paper it said over 50% of students scored zero on this question! It then said students on the whole hadn’t been properly prepared for the paper! We need to rebel against this nonsense. Memorising information from any data set has nothing to do with maths and shouldn’t appear in any maths exam! Universities want students who can perform calculations, who understand calculus, who can perform complex mathematical analysis. Not students who can memorise some arbitrary bit of data about rainfall in Timbuktu (we’ll leave that to the geographers). We need to start a petition to change this aspect of the A level. I’m sure it’s not just teachers that are unhappy with it; universities must know it’s nonsense as well as exam boards. We’ve had Brexit what about ‘large data set ...exit’? (Ok the slogan may need some work). If every A level maths teacher in the country signs we could change this. Who knows how to start an online petition?