Rational Numbers: Maths to 18?

There is a strong view among policymakers and the STEM community that mathematics should be compulsory to 18.

The research explored the implications of maths being made compulsory for all learners to 18, with a particular focus on the views of young people, who have often been ignored in the debate. How do the learners in this age group feel? What are the views of college practitioners? Could compulsion be implemented within the current education system?

The research also investigated the research evidence that such a move would benefit individuals and the economy. The resulting report argues that mathematics should not be made compulsory in isolation from other subjects and makes a number of recommendations for alternative measures to increase maths participation post-16.

    Rational Numbers launch

    On Friday 20th July, we launched the report Rational Numbers, an investigation into mathematics being made compulsory to 18, at a sell-out event held at the London Mathematical Society. Speakers at the event were Jane Harris (the report author), Professor Margaret Brown from Kings College, Dr Jenny Koenig from Cambridge University and Lynn Churchman from... Read on

    Rational Numbers: Investigating compulsion for mathematics study to 18

    To download the report please click here In his speech at The Royal Society in June 2011, Michael Gove revealed his ambition to have ‘the vast majority of 16- to 18-year-old learners studying some form of mathematics within the next decade’. The number of learners taking AS and A level mathematics is increasing year on... Read on