Top 10 Proposed Curriculum Changes in Mathematics, Be Prepared! :: UPDATED::
At the time of publication this was the top 10 Curriculum changes in Mathematics in the UK based on the governments education reform policies. As you can see some further points have been added and some removed or updated. I am very certain that as the days go on we will have U-turns, with additions and tweaks made to the list.
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- New Mathematics GCSE to be more demanding to improve attainment of pupil’s. Be able to compare attainment with other industrial countries.
- Pupils should get more class time studying the subject. On average 116 hours spent a year teaching mathematics in UK. Our competitors like Australia spend 143 hours and Singapore 138 hours.
- The memorising mathematics formulae such as Pythagoras’ theorem
- New sections on ratio, proportion and rates of change, as well as vectors and conditional probability
- Students will have to learn key formulae, such as the quadratic formula, sine and cosine rules. Under the existing syllabus, the formulae are provided in exam papers.
- End the use of A* to G letter grades in favour of a numbered scale from nine to one, with nine being the highest grade.
- Higher expectation overall – benchmarked against age-related expectations in other nations
- Less detailed than primary and set out by key stage – secondary school teachers will need to set out the detail in their school curriculum by year.
- Consolidating understanding – Key Stage 3 should build on Key Stage 2
- Probability and statistics treated separately!
- Mathematics set out in more detail than current National Curriculum – with less specification of generic skills
- Preparing young people for further study post-16 as well as for work and personal life
- Increased level of challenge around the theory of number by introducing prime numbers and surds in KS3
- Increased requirements for algebra, geometry and measures and ratios, proportion and rates of change – the three pillars for calculus at post 16
- Raised expectations in probability
- Financial education has been reinforced with a focus on solving problems involving percentage increases and decreases, simple interest and repeated growth.
- Imperial Measures has been removed @tessmaths