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new gcse maths

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by cyolba, May 26, 2011.

  1. Sara, you've obviously not been teaching Maths that long. Every new spec shuffles a few Foundation bits into Higher and a few Higher bits in AS etc. Being antediluvian, I did matrices, caclulus, trig equations and so on at O-level, and had to master a slide rule and log tables so to do.
    Matrices aren't even in A2 Maths any more - they are in Further Maths. As I posted earlier, though, standards are <u>rising</u>. Every year. Due to
    a) Smarter kids (one in the eye for evolutionary theory)
    b) better teaching (despite so many failing schools, inadequate lessons, CS teaching, non-specialists etc)
    c) a more egalitarian education system (none of those Grammars now, or independents, are there?)
    d) the National Curriculum (pick a version, any version, they're all so good)
    e) the three part lesson, WALT, WILF, L.Objective, L.Outcome, targets, sublevels, tracking, extra intervention.

    By my reckoning, a student who took CSE in the 1970s would be getting A or A* these days, given the chance to learn (because behaviour is sooo good now that all kids can make progression).

    cyolba, using his 1990 year 9 resources for AS-level :)
  2. Just seen this in passing - will look again tomorrow - but yes, it's now 25-30% of higher tier, c.13% @A*.
  3. Pec01 The goalposts haven't moved and the pupils haven't become exceptional. Have a well earned break.
  4. weggster

    weggster New commenter

    I think you've all missed the real reason: you are much better teachers than ever before!
    Although, it's a bit odd that I gave a recent Higher paper to someone who got a C in the 90s and they managed an A (and they haven't touched maths since leaving school in the 90s). It's also odd that my brightest ever GCSE group ('98) who could work with matrices, calculus, vectors etc gained 19 less A* grades (8 vs 27) than a recent GCSE group I taught. Very odd since 3 of the top 100 NCT maths scores of 96 were in that ('98) class and the rest of the group weren't that far behind in ability.
    But standards aren't dropping, all of our APP work shows that quite clearly!
  5. BWALSH479

    BWALSH479 New commenter

    I started teaching in 1984

    I had a CSE class who could only achieve a grade C in their maths.

    They had to learn differentiation and integration!
  6. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    Note the dates of the posts here (2011) - we have new GCSE Maths ....again!

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