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‘It’s a bloody disaster…stop meddling in maths’

Successive governments have introduced wave after wave of reforms in maths, as they have tried to make the country more numerate. There has been a new curriculum, new Sats, new – and more demanding – GCSEs and A levels and new methods of working imported from East Asia. But teacher numbers in the subject are still at crisis level and secondary departments warn that this constant ministerial interference is partly to blame...

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Maths teachers warned that it was going to happen – and now they have been proved right.

An “alarming” decline in the number of 16-year-old students willing to continue studying maths after taking this year’s tougher GCSE has been revealed by new research.

The Mathematical Association’s study, shared with Tes, also shows that schools and colleges have cut back on the maths courses they offer in response to funding changes and the move to linear A levels from the old A/AS-level modular system.

More than half of the maths departments surveyed by the association reported a decrease of at least ...

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