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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.

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