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Are you in favour of #FullyFunctional maths as an alternative to the GCSE?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Neil O'Brien is MP for Harborough and has given his views about GCSE resists and why he is in favour of an alternative to break the damaging cycle of students facing the same exam over and over with little benefit:

    ‘The resit requirement, introduced in 2014, has been slightly diluted from August this year. Those with GCSE grade 2 or below can take a functional qualification instead. But those with a grade 3 or above must still resit, with all kinds of negative consequences.

    That’s why I’m supporting #FullyFunctional, a campaign launched by awarding organisation NCFE earlier this year. The campaign calls on the government to fund learners who achieve a grade 3 in their English and maths GCSEs to be given the opportunity to study alternative qualifications such as functional skills…

    By doing this, we are enabling learners to make the right choice for them individually and achieve successful outcomes for all.

    Without this funding in place, learners are potentially exposed to a negative cycle of examinations that are detrimental to their confidence and mental wellbeing.’

    What are your views? Do you agree with Neil O'Brien? Do you support the campaign? If yes/no, why?

    https://www.tes.com/news/gcses-we-have-break-cycle-resitting
     
  2. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    It would be appropriate for some students but I'd hate teaching it.

    But maybe it would help to ease the shortage of maths teachers. Maybe you could more comfortably find non-specialists to do the funtional maths freeing up the specialists to teach the other stuff.
    It's also possible that more specialists would choose teaching / stay in teaching if they could spend more of their time teaching the more interesting, intellectually challenging stuff.
     
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Not everyone only gets fulfillment from only teaching hard stuff to bright kids.
    Sometimes the challenge is in making it understandable.
     
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  4. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    I know, I'm sure that's true for many. And for me it's not the teaching the lower sets I don't like - I quite enjoy teaching some parts of maths to lower sets., it's the kind of maths I imagine they would have to concentrate on that puts me off.

    Horses for courses and maybe splitting it this way will allow more maths teachers to do more of the kind of teaching they like.
     

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