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A-level Mathematics

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated to establish the reason for the fall in A-level mathematics entry between 2001 and 2002; and what conclusions were reached. (94472)

The review of AS mathematics by the regulatory authorities and the Post-14 Maths Inquiry, chaired by Professor Adrian Smith, established the reason for the fall in A level mathematics entry between 2001 and 2002 was due to the introduction of the Curriculum 2000 reforms. It identified that the content of the AS specification was too great to be taught and mastered in the first year of study.