The A Level Draft Specifications have now been published, including specimen papers.

Use this **Twitter List** to see updates from all the exam boards. As you can see **@Ofqual** are making announcements about accredited specifications.

For the specifications use the following links.

**AQA****Edexcel****OCR**AS accredited**OCR MEI**AS accredited, seefor supporting information and videos on the new specification.**OCR (MEI)**

Further resources:

**AQA Resources **including a very useful **Specification Summary. **AQA have several very clear resources, see: **Planning ****Teaching **and** ****Assessment **which includes the Specimen Papers and mark schemes.

**Edexcel Specification & Sample Assessment Materials **note the inclusion of a data set for AS and A Level.

**Edexcel – Assessment support including mapping documents.**

From OCR, specifications, specimen papers and other resources can all be downloaded **here**.

Note the option to download a zip file with the specifications and sample assessment materials.

OCR have individual subject pages with further resources:

**AS/A Level GCE – Mathematics A****AS/A Level GCE – Further Mathematics A****AS/A Level GCE – Mathematics B (MEI)**

**AS/A Level GCE – Further Mathematics B (MEI)**

MEI have helpfully **compared Further Mathematics Specifications **so you can compare the content and structure from each board.

OCR have also linked to some **new sample MEI resources**. These include some very nice “problem shorts” and also the use of technology to analyse large data sets.

I do like **OCR’s check in tests for GCSE **and I see a small number check in tests and lesson elements on the A Level subject pages; I assume this collection will grow.

From MEI, see this short video presentation on the new specification including the new work on large data sets.

For further reference documents and some suggested resources see **A Level Reform**.

For easy access to announcements regarding Maths from the examination boards, use **this twitter list**. (You do not have to use Twitter to access the list).

Eduqas will not be offering AS / A Level Mathematics specifications, but note their **Level 3 Statistical Problem Solving Using Software. **See also ** the International Centre for Statistical Education (ICSE) with Plymouth University **and you can follow **@IntCSE **on Twitter. It may be that some of the resources here will be useful for our teaching of Statistics.

Educas state: “The objective of this qualification is to assist the understanding of the problem-solving cycle of planning, collecting, processing and discussing in meaningful contexts and to use statistical software to process real data sets. It has been specifically designed to be taught in schools and colleges to equip learners aged 16-19 with a broad range of skills empowering them to successfully negotiate statistical problems in Higher Education or the world of work.”

This discovery led me to a **treasure trove of resources** from Educas for Mathematics at all levels, including **GCSE** – this definitely needs further exploration!