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Advanced maths premium announced

Government unveils advanced maths premium of £600 per pupil

Published on 28th February 2018

An advanced maths premium has been unveiled by the government in a bid to increase the number of students studying maths after GCSE.

From September 2018, schools and colleges will receive an extra £600 premium for each additional pupil taking the one-year AS maths or the Core Maths qualification. This could mean £1,200 for each additional pupil who takes the two-year A-level in maths or further maths.

Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: “Although maths remains the most popular subject at A level, this premium will open up the opportunity for even more young people to study advanced maths qualifications, providing them with the knowledge and skills for future success.

“Our reforms to post 16 maths qualifications, have led to a more rigorous curriculum, enabling pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. This will lead to better options for further study and training, including careers in engineering, computing, accountancy and design,” he added.

The premium will also support institutions to increase the number of girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds taking advanced maths qualifications, to help equip Britain with the skills needed to boost the future economy. The £600 premium is equivalent to 15% of the base funding per student.

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU) said: “Post-16 education is seriously under-funded, and recent government funding decisions have not solved the underlying funding issues. The maths premium will not even scratch the surface of this problem. We know that pupils have already been put off doing maths A-level because the maths GCSE is now much bigger and more challenging. If pupils really don’t want to do maths and think they won’t achieve good grades, it is unlikely that schools will put them in for maths, despite the premium.”

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