It seems unanimous on this forum that Maths GCSE is much easier than O-level - laughably so. And, I remember a recent poster saying that a 'logical adult' could get a C on Foundation after a weekend of study. I wonder what the view of the thousands of young people who find maths difficult, and are working so hard to get that C, and in many cases studying for a further year post 16, and retaking... would be of this. I took O-level 36 years ago, then, to update my maths, took GCSE Higher. Sure, I got an A* GCSE, after a B at O-level, but my maths is a hell of a lot better than it was 38 years ago - I often wonder how I managed to pass O-level, as, when relearning algebra ten years ago, it was clear to me that I'd never really grasped the basic principles in 1974! Many of the GCSE A/A* topics I found quite challenging, and don't remember doing them at all at O-level! We keep hearing about the 21st century students asked to try old O-level papers and not being able to cope with them, but unfortunately there's no way we can go back to 1974 and ask one of those students to sit a GCSE paper. My guess is that, if they did, they wouldn't do very well! And IF GCSE Maths is so easy, why is roughly one third of the population still failing to make even a C grade after eleven consecutive years of maths study? Is it the teaching? I'd be very interested in your answers to this question.