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IFS claims maths skills determine children's future earning power

18/03/2013 Kelly
Primary school teachers' successfulness in teaching children maths will have significant implications for pupils' further earning prospects, according to new research.

Utilising British Cohort Study data, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found a child scoring in the top 15 per cent of maths scores at the age of ten was likely to earn 7.3 per cent more at 30 than an otherwise identical child with a middle-ranking maths score.

By comparison, pupils with the top 15 per cent of English scores at ten only went on to earn 1.9 per cent more by 30 than comparable children with middling English scores.

The IFS stated that employers' willingness to reward maths skills with higher wages may imply there is a shortage of workers proficient in this area.

Claire Crawford, the institute's programme director of the skills sector, remarked: "[Maths skills] seem to matter more than reading skills and over and above the qualifications that young people go on to obtain.

"This highlights the importance of investing in skills, particularly maths skills, early."

A recent Institute of Education study warned that England's ablest maths pupils were falling behind their international counterparts at secondary school and that reforms were needed in primary and secondary school education in order to halt this trend.ADNFCR-2164-ID-801557588-ADNFCR
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