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Maths puzzle

The Royal Society lends its voice to calls for greater numeracy

Prime minister Rishi Sunak is not alone in his belief that what the country needs is extra maths lessons, even if it is a view that has not been universally popular.

This morning, the Royal Society is calling for a comprehensive plan to support greater uptake of core maths among approximately 150,000 A-level students a year who, the organisation says, are potentially entering the workplace without sufficient maths and data skills. As a reminder for those of you without children of sixth-form age, core maths is an optional qualification available in most 16-18 settings since the years of the coalition government.

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