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Govt to invest in new maths qualifications

09/10/2013 Kelly
Significant investment will be made in the teaching of maths by the government.

A £20 million package is being put in place for the 2014-16 academic years as the Department for Education looks to support schools in developing new teaching methods.

It forms part of the top-to-bottom overhaul of maths in schools, which will see youngsters forced to continue studying the subject in post-16 education until they achieve a suitable pass mark (grade C or above). 

This means people in teaching jobs will be given significant support as certain elements of the curriculum are being overhauled. An expert panel has been convened by the Advisory Committee in Mathematics Education to decide what the new core maths qualifications should include. 

On top of this, a rigorous new maths curriculum will be introduced from age five, while maths GCSEs and A levels are also being reformed. 

Education minister Elizabeth Truss said England is currently lagging behind the rest of world when it comes to maths "both in performance and participation".  

"The evidence is clear, maths is vital to getting on in life. Careers increasingly demand strong numeracy and reasoning. 

"We need far more of our young people going to university and into work with these skills. This is a real risk to our economic growth and future prosperity. This is why we are supporting organisations to develop these maths qualifications," she added. 

Professor Jeremy Hodgen of King's College London thinks youngsters need to study mathematical problem solving and modelling and he believes the proposals present an "exciting opportunity" for pupils looking to develop these skills.

The 2012 Education and Skills Survey from the Confederation of British Industry found that 68 per cent of employers wanted both maths and science promoted more in schools, which highlights just how important these subjects are for the future development of youngsters. 

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