**Specifications and Specimen Papers**

**AQA AQA Assessment Resources**

AQA Question and mark scheme commentaries extract**Edexcel**(note additional**Edexcel page)****OCR AS & A2 accredited****OCR MEI AS & A2 accredited**, see**OCR (MEI)**for supporting information and videos on the new specification.

Use this **Twitter List** to see updates from all the exam boards. As you can see **@Ofqual** are making announcements about accredited specifications. And / or use this **‘mini-list’ for AQA, Edexcel and OCR Maths.**

**February 2017: **Ofqual Blog on A Levels and GCSEs:

Grade Boundaries: the problems with predictions

**Ofqual February Update**: (See Section 6)

From MEI comes this excellent presentation * relevant for any new specification* whichever examination board. A strength of this presentation is its clarity. Simple statements of fact are given in very clear language and as well as stating what we know we also have a very important reminder of what we don’t know!

**Further references and reading
**Note that the documents mentioned in the presentation above are included here.

From the Further Mathematics Support Programme:

**2017 A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
**This is really helpful – clear and simple statements. Note the link to the very helpful document on

**changes to AS/A Level Mathematics & Further Mathematics**.

See also this **comparison of the specifications from the different Examination Boards **and **Considerations for choosing a new specification**.

Also from MEI – look at these excellent **samples from their scheme of work** for the new specification. Each unit (there will be 43) is based on a topic and includes a commentary of the underlying mathematics, a sample resource, a use of technology, links with other topics, common errors, opportunities for proof and questions to promote mathematical thinking. The schemes of work will be freely available from Spring 2017.

**Edexcel are also developing an interactive scheme of work**. You can register interest in this to be sent information.

**GCE AS and A Level Subject Content for Mathematics**

**GCE Subject Level Guidance **from DfE, this guidance is intended to help awarding organisations understand how to comply with the** GCE subject-level conditions and requirements for mathematics.** The guidance includes further information on the use of Technology and large Data sets.

Further resources:

**AQA Resources **including a very useful **Specification Summary. **AQA have several very clear resources, see: **Planning ****Teaching **and** ****Assessment **which includes the Specimen Papers and mark schemes.

**Edexcel Specification & Sample Assessment Materials **note the inclusion of a data set for AS and A Level.

**Edexcel – Assessment support including mapping documents.**

From OCR, specifications, specimen papers and other resources can all be downloaded **here**.

Note the option to download a zip file with the specifications and sample assessment materials.

**Consultation outcome: AS and A level reform: regulations for Maths and Further Maths **

The** A level mathematics working group report **is a very valuable document and one I referred to in a presentation on **GCSE Problem Solving** – I do believe we should always look both backwards and forwards to inform our teaching; where have our students been and where are they going? I have also created a new version of the problem solving presentation: **Problem Solving 16:19.**

**Timelines**

**For each current school year group (2016-2017) – changes to GCSEs, AS and A Levels**

**New GCSE and AS & A2 courses for teaching September 2016**

**New A Level Maths courses – revised start date BBC News Story
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