Problem-solving in maths? AQA has the answer

Thursday 29 May 2014

AQA, the largest provider of GCSEs and A-levels, is using its long experience in setting problem-solving questions to create its new Maths GCSE.

Problem solving is a key feature of the government's reforms of GCSE maths and all boards are now required to include problem-solving questions. Launched today, AQA's new specification continues its well established problem-solving approach.

Andrew Taylor, AQA's Head of Maths, said: "Reasoning and solving problems have been at the heart of our Maths GCSE for some years. We also visited teachers at over 60 schools to get their input, and students from a number of these schools also sat our sample papers. We are really looking forward to hearing what teachers and students think of our new qualification."

The new qualification is being launched following the government's announcement in 2013 about changes to GCSEs. Maths is one of the first subjects to be introduced and will be taught from September 2015, with the first awards in summer 2017. AQA's draft maths qualification has now been submitted to the regulator, Ofqual, for accreditation.