25 August 2016
The NCETM congratulates all school and college students receiving good results in their GCSE Mathematics exams today. Particularly pleasing is the rise in the proportion of 16-year-olds (representing the bulk of GCSE entries) getting top grades. Those achieving A* to C grades went up 1.4 percentage points to 70.5 per cent; the rise for those getting A/A* was 1.1 percentage points to 19.7 per cent; and for A*, the rise was 0.3 of a percentage point to 7 per cent.
For those aged 17 and older, mainly representing students re-sitting GCSE Maths, the picture is mixed. Changes to the requirements for what post-16 students must work towards meant that the numbers taking re-sits went up from around 131 000 to nearly 174 000. While the total number of these students getting a grade C or above went up by more than 4 000 to over 51 000, this represented a smaller proportion of those taking re-sits: down from 35.8 per cent to 29.5 per cent.
The NCETM’s Director, Charlie Stripp, said:
‘These results are testament to the commitment and diligence of pupils, and also, of course, of all their teachers. But we must not be complacent. Our overall goal must be to ensure that more pupils achieve a grade C or better at their first attempt, at the end of Year 11, so that, year on year, fewer have to take re-sits when they are 17 or 18. This will only come about if their learning in maths in the lower secondary years (Key Stage 3) and at primary school becomes more secure. The NCETM, together with the Maths Hubs, is working towards that goal by supporting the expansion of maths teaching for mastery methods across the primary sector, which has recently benefited from very welcome substantial new funding from the DfE.’