Basic maths premium pilot – £8.5 million
Worth an additional £500 per student, the programme is targeted at GCSE resit students with a grade 3 or below in maths. To be eligible, the main college campus must be in an area of low attainment. Some providers get 100 per cent of the additional funding upfront, while a second group gets only half upfront and a third receives the funding only if students achieve a grade 4.
Advanced maths premium – £83.2 million
This amounts to £600 for every additional student taking A level or core maths, and could be worth up to £2,400 per pupil if they complete a full A level. The government will issue colleges and schools with a “base rate” based on the average number of maths students over two years, and they will be funded for every additional student recruited above this number.
Centres for Excellence – £40.3 million
The programme aims to support the post-16 sector to “develop, test, deliver and share pedagogical approaches” to improve maths teaching for students with low prior attainment. The Department for Education expects to fund around 20 centres over an initial three-year period, each receiving between £140,000 and £300,000 per annum. Each centre will be led by an “exceptional post-16 institution”, with ideally at least one opening in each English region.
Maths free schools – £18 million
The specialist 16-19 free schools for pupils who are mathematically able are a top priority as set out in the government’s industrial strategy. Maths schools attract an additional £350,000 funding per year. Two pilot institutions have opened to date.