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Royal Society calls for reform of maths teaching

The Royal Society has welcomed the UK government’s pledge of £16 million to support mathematics teaching for 16 to 18-year-olds, but says the schools funding model in use makes it unclear how this money will fill the resource gap.

On 20 July, the Department for Education announced £16m to increase the quality of teaching in post-16 maths in response to a review by Adrian Smith, vice-chancellor of the University of London.

The government has said it will work with the Royal Society and the British Academy to encourage universities and employers to promote the value of maths qualifications. It will also form partnerships with the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Royal Society advisory committee on maths education to design T-levels.

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