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.