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Government announces funding for 16-19 core maths qualification

On 13 February 2024, the Department for Education unveiled a significant funding injection of £900 per student, to enable schools and colleges to provide Core Maths qualifications. The focus on Core Maths marks a pivotal step forward in promoting mathematical literacy among post-16 students. This announcement received a warm welcome from educational circles, acknowledging its potential to address the underutilisation of Core Maths.

Following the recent Mathematical Futures consultation by the Royal Society, The OR Society’s Education committee emphasised the importance of diverse pathways for mathematics and data education. The committee also endorsed the notion that offering multiple options for the study of mathematics is vital for cultivating mathematically-literate citizens.

This specific focus on revisiting Core Maths is seen as holding untapped potential as a foundation subject for mathematical literacy.

Core Maths is aimed at post-16 students who have achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths but have chosen not to take AS or A level Maths. It builds from GCSE Maths, teaching students to apply maths to real-world scenarios, enhancing their ability to interpret data on topical issues such as climate change, inflation, and to navigate personal finance. All young people need these skills, and hopefully this will feed into our community in operational research.

For more information 16 to 19 funding: core maths premium - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)