New practical maths lessons are to be introduced to help prepare youngsters for the world of work.
Students will be taught a number of core skills - including how to calculate interest, work out profit margins and get the best currency exchange rates - and it is designed to aid their everyday lives after they leave school.
These new qualifications have been backed by employers and should prevent a further extension of the 'maths gap', where people forget vital maths knowledge after sitting exams.
Teenagers will be given real-life situations where maths is needed and it is hoped the move will help them to better manage their personal finances. For example, many currently struggle to understand how their mortgage repayments work.
"Maths skills aren't just used in the classroom - they are vital in everyday life, whether you are running your own business or trying to pick the best mortgage," said schools minister Nick Gibb.
Lindsay McCurdy, CEO of Apprenticeships4England, is glad to see the initiative is being introduced, as she knows just how important numeracy skills are for all apprentices.
"The real life mathematics skills students learn on the new core maths qualification will benefit not only their future employers, but give the students and apprentices confidence to tackle and solve problems in their everyday lives too," she added.
The new courses will be available to anyone who scores a C or above in their maths GCSE, and the 'Core maths' qualification will have the same UCAS points as an AS level. It will be particularly useful for those considering careers in economics, geography or social sciences.
Posted by Harriet McGowan