While I struggle to come to terms with Michael Gove as our Education Minister, I applaud this move wholeheartedly.
I believe that the personal development that students need to undergo between taking GCSE exams to taking A level exams, requires time. It is a nonsense to expect children to gain that maturity of thought by January of Year 12. I am pleased to see a reduction in the number of exams – perhaps the ones that are left can return to having value.
The Russell Group of universities has set out guidance about academic subject choices in it’s guide “Informed Choices“.
Not surprisingly, the prevailing wisdom is that maths carries a certain kudos.
A recent article in The Guardian considers this:
“A grade C in maths is pretty much essential at GCSE if you want to go to university, but the subject is also generally liked by admissions tutors at A-level. So it is well worth thinking about if you’re capable of getting a good grade.
“Certainly anyone who has ability in maths should consider it,” says Davies. “I see no problem with a combination such as English, history, maths.”
But be warned: there are many degrees where maths is essential, and if you don’t do some careful research, you might not realise it.
“Say you want to study computer science, so you take a computing at A-level. That’s fine, but you also must do maths at A-level to be considered,” Davies explains.”
Well done to everybody on their exam success!
I am proud of the progress made by every single one of my students who undertook GCSE and A level Maths exams this year.
Each student has worked hard, and consistently tried their best. This has been reflected in the results, and I am pleased to note that all of my students are able to continue on to their chosen academic routes – so well done!
“Britain continues to lag far behind other countries when it comes to maths education, even though the problems were identified more than a decade ago. In 2009, the UK came 28th in an international educational league table in maths based on the skills of 15-year-olds – well behind many European and east Asian countries.”
See the article in the Independent, here: