Mathematical content, apart from the ability to draw simple graphs, has disappeared at Foundation level. At Higher level graph analysis requirements are trivial and the needs for quantitative analysis of data and equation manipulation are minimal. Interesting and challenging content has been removed to allow for this. A-level science courses have been dumbed down to fit.

Andrew Urwin is Head of Science and Technology College Manager at a large state comprehensive in Devon. Prior to that he was Head of Physics at comprehensives in Sussex and Northumberland. He has been teaching for 20 years.