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Posted on 17 August 2017

Education

Post-16 maths to get government cash boost

Maths education for 16- to 19-year-olds in England will gain a £16m boost over two years, ministers have announced.
It comes as a government commissioned maths review found too many teenagers dropped maths after GCSE, harming their job prospects and the wider economy.
The cash, from existing budgets, will help more students take a maths A-level or core maths qualification, say ministers. Better maths skills were "vital", said Education Minister Nick Gibb.
In most advanced countries, all young people continue to study maths beyond the age of 16 - but England "remains unusual" because this is not the case, says the review, by Prof Sir Adrian Smith, vice-chancellor of the University of London. And among teenagers with good GCSE grades, almost three-quarters "choose not to study mathematics beyond this level".
"England was the only country in a 2013 sample of developed economies where young adults performed no better than older adults in numeracy proficiency," the review says.
If more sixth-formers took maths, it "could deliver significant payback for individuals, for the economy and in increased productivity", said Prof Smith.
The review says "as an urgent and immediate measure", the government should put money into AS- and A-levels in maths and into the government's core maths qualification, introduced in 2015 with the aim of increasing the number of sixth-formers studying the subject.