In the latest consultation on GQ reform, Ofqual is proposing to withdraw the current subject-specific rules which apply to the use of calculators in new maths GCSEs. Instead it intends to introduce less prescriptive rules which apply to all new GCSE, AS and A Level assessments which allow students to use calculators (not just maths).
Ofqual is proposing to put in place rules which require exam boards to ensure that – if students use calculators in exams – the assessments remain fit for purpose.
An additional consultation includes two proposed new appendices to the subject content for maths and further maths – covering mathematical notation and formulae which students will be expected to know.
To support these proposed changes, Ofqual has set up the A Level Mathematics Working Group - an expert panel including representatives of ALCAB, subject associations, teachers and exam boards. Although having no formal regulatory status, a report from the working group has been published alongside the consultation as it was used as a main source of evidence when developing the proposals.