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Carol Vorderman's Taskforce presents recommendations on GCSE Maths

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by brookes, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Despite The Today Programme's rather bile-inducing headline this morning (something like, "Maths Teaching Rubbish and leading to Grade C students who can't do percentages or fractions") the Guardian's giving a calmer picture, http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/aug/08/maths-taskforce-gcse-split The recommendation seems to be for a double GCSE, one to do with numeracy, personal finance etc and the other to do with maths. It also seems to be pre-empting the recommendations for Primary education.
     
  2. Despite The Today Programme's rather bile-inducing headline this morning (something like, "Maths Teaching Rubbish and leading to Grade C students who can't do percentages or fractions") the Guardian's giving a calmer picture, http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/aug/08/maths-taskforce-gcse-split The recommendation seems to be for a double GCSE, one to do with numeracy, personal finance etc and the other to do with maths. It also seems to be pre-empting the recommendations for Primary education.
     
  3. googolplex

    googolplex Occasional commenter

    About time, IMO...
    Anyone found a link to the full report, yet?
     
  4. DM

    DM New commenter

    It will be published just after Govey's speech. I will provide a link later.
    I have to say it comes too late. The new NC is nearly finished and does not accommodate these KS4 recommendations.
     
  5. It sounds like one of the recommendations is to bring Scotland's O Grade Arithmetic exam to England. Will that help?
     
  6. Great - another recommendation - can't wait to see what happens. No seriously, I can't wait, I have a spare room to decorate [​IMG]
     
  7. googolplex

    googolplex Occasional commenter

    A bit like cars...they've already started planning the next model before the current one comes out...! Don't we all just love all this change....
     
  8. pencho

    pencho New commenter

    As I have said a couple times lately what on earth is going on with maths education. It's change after change after change. The biggest problem I see (and I don't really see much happening to resolve this) is the lack of quality maths teaching. It's alright saying we want everyone to study maths until 18 but many students are switched off much sooner. We don't even have enough maths teachers to teach 11 to 16 let alone 11 to 18.
     
  9. DM

    DM New commenter

    Would you like an avatar pencho?
    [​IMG]

    And what about you google?
    [​IMG]
    And for dcorking ...
    [​IMG]
     
  10. pencho

    pencho New commenter

    Cheers DM. Will sort it out
     
  11. pencho

    pencho New commenter

    DM

    Where and what time is this report being published. Cheers
     
  12. DM

    DM New commenter

    Gove is giving a speech this morning pencho - I'm not sure what time. The associated documents then usually appear on the DfE website an hour or two later.
     
  13. DM

    DM New commenter

  14. pencho

    pencho New commenter

    I've only read the first pages, but to be honest, a lot of what is being said makes sense. I like the bit about how its administrators that are deciding on curriculum. However as DM points out earlier, if the programmes of study for maths have already been written, then I wonder how this will all fit in.
    I'll go back to my reading

     
  15. DM

    DM New commenter

    I'm going to hide behind the sofa when Pencho gets to the early entry bit.
    The two tier not being fit for purpose stuff will find some approval here.
     
  16. pencho

    pencho New commenter

    Music to Mike's ears with reagrds to the two tier not being fit for purpose. This is quite a good report so far. How much can you bet they take abolsutley no notice of many of its recommendations.
     
  17. DM

    DM New commenter

    The self styled "RearOTYear sums bird" (arrggh!) did good. Or rather Roger Porkess did.
     
  18. pencho

    pencho New commenter

    It's actually quite a good report and Carole has got it spot on in certain areas. It's interesting that they talk about regulatory frameworks stifling specifications etc.... I completely agree. I think some of the systems we have had in the past have been far better.
    I think Gove likes the idea of continuing to 18 (I've already said what needs to happen before we do move to this), however I think a lot of the rest (even though they make complete sense to the maths community) will just be ignored.
     
  19. Here are some of the comments from the report about 2-tier:
    Nice one!
     
  20. Maths_Mike

    Maths_Mike New commenter

    Anyone who reads any of my posts will now that I will pretty much be entirely in favour of this report and it could be adopted in full pretty much ASAP IMO - even if it meant scrapping all other currently propsed chanages.
    Problem is its all been said before and indeed done before (any remember CSE and GCSE!) and I fear the route cause of the problems - Lack of qualified specialist teachers and failure to develop basic at primary level wont be addressed. As such it becomes just another meaningless report.
    Still it added a bit to voderman's bank balance so hurrah
     

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