Gareth Pierce
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WJEC chief says start GCSE maths earlier

Pupils in Wales should begin studying maths GCSE courses a year earlier than they do now when new qualifications come into force next year, an exam chief has said.

From September 2015 most children will study for two maths GCSEs rather than the one currently offered in schools.

Gareth Pierce, head of the WJEC, said there would be a question of how much of a workload would be on pupils with the two exams and recommended giving schools sufficient time to cover all the work.

The Welsh government has said there would be no need for extra teaching time.

  • 16 Dec 2014