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November 2022 Update

7 November 2022

Welcome to the November update for Maths!

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Don't forget to get signed up to our upcoming in person Local Maths Networks wherever you are in the country! These are designed to be networks in the truest sense of the word, connecting you to other teachers in your area! Sign up below:

The DfE has published a statement setting out their decisions on adaptations for exams in 2023.

The DfE has decided students will continue to be provided with support in GCSE mathematics, physics and combined science with formulae and equation sheets and, in light of this, Ofqual launched a consultation on these plans. The consultation closed on the 20th of October.
We are currently still awaiting the outcome of the closed consultation.

View and select from our wide range of maths courses:

They contain examples of student responses with comments from the Examiners on why they were awarded marks. Perfect for internal mock standardisation with your team!

The Festival of Functionality closed its doors in early October having had over 2800 registrations across 26 different events. The keynote address from Jonathan Kay ended the event and you can catch up on it here if you missed it.

In addition, two more recordings from the event are now available on our Functional Skills playlist:

And there is a new video on our Skills playlist too:

As you will be aware, you are usually able book Functional Skills paper based on-demand tests up to two weeks ahead of any planned test date.

However, around the festive period, we need to make some changes to these arrangements to ensure that we can produce test materials and dispatch them to you with plenty of time ahead of the booked test date.

From 1 December 2022 to 28 December 2022, you will not be able to book any Functional Skills paper based on-demand tests for dates between 29 December 2022 to 12 January 2023. During this time, test bookings can be made for dates that fall outside this period as normal. After 28 December 2022, you will be able to book tests as you normally would.

This change only affects new test bookings. Any existing bookings that have already made will still be processed.

If you have any questions, please contact us by using the Pearson Support Portal.

Pearson is developing a new KS3 Maths assessment product. We're looking for teachers and subject experts to help us create engaging, effective and inclusive assessment content. If you're interested:

The deadline for ordering modified papers for the January 2023 exam series has now passed.

If for any reason you were unable to meet the deadline, please place your late order on AAO/PAAO and then contact us by way of email on, quoting your order number. We will then be able to advise you if it will be possible to supply a modified paper.

Please be aware the deadlines for ordering modified papers are:
• 4 October: January Series
• 31 January: summer series
• 20 September: November series

These are set by JCQ and do not change each year.

For further information on modified papers, access to past modified papers and answers to FAQs, please go to our modified papers page.

We are currently recruiting for some examiner positions. More information can be found on our recruitment page.


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