The new GCSEs, offered by each of the examination boards, were accredited by Ofqual in September 2014 after they had to
re-submit their specifications and assessment structures to Ofqual over the summer. Further information, accredited sample
examination papers and launch meetings have been provided by the examination boards this October in order to inform schools of
Having received this crucial information we are now in a position to review and adapt our teaching in line with the new
requirements. We aim to ensure that our students are best prepared for these changes and that they enjoy exploring and
applying mathematics of a more demanding nature.
A grade 4 will be equivalent to a present grade C and a grade 7 will be equivalent to a present grade A.
Here are some sample questions from the new GCSE. In
addition to the new content being examined the key changes are that they require:
Better reading and comprehension skills to extract the problem being posed
Recall of most formulae (many of which used to be provided in the exam)
Extended problem solving skills as fewer steps are provided in the form of sub-questions or prompts and some will be
A greater focus on the ability to interpret and communicate mathematically by drawing communications, making chains of
mathematical reasoning and presenting mathematical arguments and proofs
Stuck on any of these?! Here are the