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Solving the mathematical problem?

9 October 2013

The Government has confronted studies showing English adults trailing behind the rest of the world in literacy and maths studies by introducing their latest policy: a mathematics overhaul through the creation of a "core mathematics" qualification enabling more pupils to study the subject from 16-18.

Currently only one fifth of pupils study maths post 16 and poor performance is largely linked to lower investment in colleges and universities for this age range. The DfE have responded by spending £20 million from 2014 - 2016 in supporting schools and colleges in developing teaching for this new course.

The changes seek to provide young people with the numeracy skills they need to compete in a global economy, promote social mobility and subsequently increase the number of young people in employment. However, will the government's educational reform be sufficient to restore confidence in the exam system and provide the springboard for England to catch up, both in the league tables, and, with the rest of the world.

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