I understand that the NC 'requires' that the Maths NC is taught to all, but is there anything to prevent having a separate 'Numeracy' GSCE [that, for example, excludes virtually all algebra, the creation of graphs (though not their interpretation), etc.)]. It could be designed to be made very challenging (for example, by the speed with which students needed to complete the questions; or by requiring students to 'pass' the same type of tests on two or three occasions (thereby providing some evidence of retention). It would be instantly respected by industry (though possibly less so academia?). Some students would be much more motivated to sit such an exam, becuase it would be easier to convince them of 'relevance' to their world. I could see the more able Maths students completing their Numeracy GCSE a year (or three) early. What's stopped this happening over the last 10-20+ years? I thought examination bodies largely responded to 'the market' and school's needs? Is there a fear it wouldn't be sanctioned by OFQUAL or whatever? Why not? Is it schools, or maths teachers that are against it? I think something like this would completely re-invigorate the teaching of Maths (generally) in the UK and be a significant step towards changing adult attitudes to the subject. It wouldn't, or certainly needn't reduce 'standards in any way IMO. [Maths would, no doubt, retain a high degree of prestige, and it students *chose* to do the Maths exam it would remove a great deal of resentment. I can't see any particularly difficult issues with it at all, just plenty of pros. So what am I missing?