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New review set up to consider studying maths until 18

14 December 2017

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Budget the setting up of a review to determine whether maths should be studied by all young people until they leave education at the age of 18. Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Improving everyone's maths skills is one of those things that makes people more productive at work and will help grow the economy in the long term. “Colleges have put in a massive effort in the last few years to improve maths skills. We are pleased that there will be a review of extending this to all 16 and 17-year-olds. It won't be easy because there is shortage of maths teachers and there is barely enough money in the sixth form budget for the existing curriculum let alone for doing new things. “A good standard of numeracy is important to help young people achieve success, whether they continue their studies or move into the workplace. The Government’s review needs to consider what form of study will have the greatest impact for a person’s future. We look forward to contributing to the review.”