However, this is mainly due to the fairly recently introduced data handling task that has unrealistic requirements for high-order evaluation skills and no reward for applications of techniques. This, added to an overburdened intermediate-level tier, made thorough teaching impossible.
Interestingly, a similar burden is due to be added to the higher tier by changing to a two-tier GCSE. Needing to cover number topics pitched at grade D may not appear too demanding but could have the damaging effect of downplaying algebra skills, recently and rightly upgraded in GCSE revisions.
Head of mathsWilliam Brookes schoolMuch Wenlock, Shropshire