March 2023 Maths update | Pearson qualifications

March 2023 Maths update

27 February 2023

Welcome to the March Maths update!

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Over the next few weeks, the maths team will be looking into the effectiveness of maths qualifications across the 11-18 provision and how well prepared our young people are for entering the workplace. We would love to hear your views on this topic and have put together a five minute survey to capture these thoughts. If you leave your email address, you will also be entered into a draw to win a £30 Amazon voucher.

6 March 8am – 10am GMT - Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level Mathematics: Welcome to Pearson (Module 1)

7 March 8am – 10am GMT - Understanding assessment and improving delivery in International GCSE Mathematics A (Module 1)

9 March 4pm – 5pm GMT - Deep dive into teaching and revising ladder problems for mechanics

Early Career Teacher Course
Next session is 22 March. This will be session 6 and Pietro Tozzi will be focusing on Using data to inform intervention strategies. A key topic ahead of the upcoming examination series.

All events can be booked here.

This month we’ve launched our new Teaching, Learning and Assessment 2022/23 web page, which will be your go-to place for the latest and most up-to-date information on vocational assessment in 2023. This includes information on the enhanced support we’re offering this year and links to our training and webinars.

The DfE confirmed in November that, in 2023, students are not required to memorise formulae for GCSE Maths and equations for GCSE Physics and Combined Science.

We’re pleased to announce that the 2023 formulae and equations sheets for GCSE Maths and GCSE Physics and Combined Science are now available to download. These are the same formulae and equations sheets that were used for the summer 2022 series and, for Maths only, the November 2022 series, but the date has been changed to 2023.

You can download the new sheets at the links below:

Rishi Sunak has been warned that a target to boost the number of children entering secondary school with the expected standards of reading, writing and maths is “a far cry from reality”, amid new evidence that 275,000 pupils a year are leaving primary education without the right level of skills.

Ministers have set a target of ensuring 90% of children achieve the national curriculum standard in reading, writing and maths at the end of primary education by 2030. However, after several years of slow progress, attainment has slipped back to levels only slightly above those of 2015-16.

The slump means that in 2022, 41% of year 6 pupils in England left primary school without meeting the expected standards in literacy and maths – 275,000 11-year-olds, according to researchers at the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) thinktank. That is 50,000 more than in 2019.

We recently sent a communication to your centres Examinations Officer regarding the provision of models for the May/June 2023 Maths examinations.

We will no longer be automatically supplying 3D models with the modified large print Maths papers.

We can see that you have placed an order for modified large print papers for your candidate. Please complete this form to indicate whether your candidate requires the use of 3D models.

Failure to respond will result in no models being sent to your centre.

If you require any further information regarding this, please contact the Modified Formats Team at

The provisional International GCSE 2023 examination timetable was first published on 11 January 2023. Following a consultation process, we have decided to issue a revised provisional International GCSE timetable for centres to provide feedback on, which you can download now from our provisional timetables page.


Full information about the support available for 2023 can be found on our Summer 2023 support page. This includes information and outcomes for all the autumn consultations undertaken by Ofqual.

Good password management is essential to maintaining the security of our systems and safeguarding important centre and learner data. To enhance security, we have revised our Edexcel Online password policy and from 12:01am, UK time, on Tuesday 7 March 2023, we will require all Pearson Edexcel Online users to reset their password.

All Edexcel Online users logging on to Edexcel Online on or after 7 March 2023 will be asked to select a new password. Your existing password will automatically be cancelled from this date, therefore you must use the ‘forgot password’ link to reset your password.

  • Your password needs to be between 8 and 15 characters in length and contain at least one number.
  • We recommend you use a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols (- _ @ .) for extra security.

If you have recently reset your password, or if you reset it before 7 March, you’ll still need to set a new password which meets these requirements on or after that date.

You do not need to log into the system on 7 March just to change your password, but the next time you do log in, you will need to set a new password. 

This password reset is the first step in a sequence of additional security measures we’re introducing in order to protect you, your centre and your learners’ data. Thank you for your support in helping us to enhance security.  

If you have any questions or if you would like to speak to us directly, you can get in touch with any questions via our Support Portal

Please take a look at our guide to resetting your password.


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