The prime minister declares maths forever and the UCU claims a “historic victory”
You can usually tell a never-going-to-happen government policy a mile off. They often come on a Monday morning, frequently as part of a week of themed announcements, and they tend to involve big round numbers, e.g. 10,000 new nurses in 50 new hospitals, costing £100 billion.
Prime minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement on maths education yesterday was a classic example. By universal consent, the policy announced in a 10-minute speech is dead on arrival.