Westminster Education Forum

Reforms to Mathematics qualifications: new A-levels and the future of Mathematics provision post-16

Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Central London


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

Timed to follow the publication of Sir Adrian Smith’s review into the potential for improving the quality and increasing the scale of the study of mathematics from 16 to 18, this seminar will consider next steps for reforming maths qualifications post-16.

Delegates will discuss issues including whether maths should be made compulsory for students until the age of 18 and ensuring that the future workforce has appropriate mathematical and quantitative skills. They will also consider steps that need to be taken to overcome barriers to increased provision and take-up of Mathematics post-16, including teacher supply and financial constraints.

The implementation of the new Mathematics A-levels will also be discussed, following the publication of specifications and ahead of the start of teaching in September 2017. Attendees will assess the impact of the new linear structure of the A-levels, as well as their altered emphasis and content.

Further sessions will consider measures to tackle the ongoing recruitment and retention issues in maths teaching, highlighted by the recent AoC and TES survey and the additional demand on the profession posed by the proposals for students failing to achieve a ‘good pass’ at GCSE to retake the exams.

Guests of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Professor Sir Adrian Smith

Vice Chancellor, University of London and Lead, 16-18 Mathematics Review

Guest of Honour

Professor Sir Adrian Smith

Vice Chancellor, University of London and Lead, 16-18 Mathematics Review


Lord Lucas

Lord Broers


Susan Trigger

Headteacher, Bitterne Park School, Hampshire

Alison Tonkin

Senior Manager, Standards, Ofqual

Jocelyn D’Arcy

Trustee, Association of Teachers of Mathematics and Head of Mathematics, Warwick School

David Corke

Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges

Steve Brace

Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Mike Ellicock

Chief Executive, National Numeracy

Mark Heslop

Head of Mathematics, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and Member, Mathematics A-Level Content Advisory Board

Charlynne Pullen

Head of Workforce Data, Education and Training Foundation

Professor Paul Glaister

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Reading; Member, ALMAB, ALCAB; Consultant, CMSP; External Expert, Ofqual and Chair, Joint Mathematical Council UK (JMC)

Will Hornby

Maths Subject Specialist, Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR)