New Advanced Maths premium – Friday 2 March 2018

This week I highlight the announcement of a new Advanced Maths premium of £600 per pupil for schools from September, updated statutory guidance on appointing a designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children and revised factsheets on the GCSE grading scale.

New Advanced Maths Premium
Earlier this week the Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Truss announced the Advanced Maths Premium, a new fund to help schools and colleges increase the number of students studying maths after GCSE. The premium will also support institutions to increase the number of girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds taking advanced maths qualifications.

From September schools will receive £600 for every additional pupil taking the one-year AS maths or the Core Maths qualification. This could mean £1,200 for each additional pupil who takes the two-year A level in maths or further maths.

Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children
Updated statutory guidance on the duty of Governing bodies of all maintained schools to appoint a designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children on the school roll.

GCSE new grading scale: factsheets
Factsheets for parents, employers and further and higher education providers, produced by the DfE have been updated to show the increased number of reformed GCSEs for the current academic year.