IN his first speech of the year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that he wants all school pupils to learn maths until they are 18.
Currently, pupils only have to take maths until their GCSEs or Nationals (usually done at age 16) and Mr Sunak says only half of 16 to 19-year-olds continue on with maths as a subject.
He said: “In a world where data is everywhere and statistics underpin every job, our children’s jobs will require more analytical skills than ever before. And letting our children out into the world without those skills is letting our children down.”
However, the Association of School and College Leaders said there was a “severe shortage of maths teachers”, so that would need to be sorted out first.
Others, including Tory MP Robin Walker, welcomed the news but said that there needed to be more focus on “stimulating and supporting children early on” as well.