Henry Hepburn

‘Demoralising’ maths exam reform harming the subject

‘Hard-working candidates’ struggle, with reform blamed for high level of no awards

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Maths teachers have issued a stark warning to the government that changes to qualifications are making it harder for pupils to pass courses and have left staff feeling “demoralised”.

The concerns, which centre on National and Higher qualifications, are set out in a letter to education secretary John Swinney from the Mathematics Advisory Group Scotland (MAGS), seen by TESS.

In many cases, pupils “cannot achieve [N5] mathematics while they can achieve [N5] in many other subjects”

Teachers feel that there is “too big a gap” between N4 and N5 maths, compared with their equivalent levels in the ...

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