Maths ‘disaster’ as schools report ‘alarming’ decline in post-16 take-up

The Tes reports that ‘Despair, bitterness and anger’ over multiple reforms to subject, according to new survey of maths teachers.

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.

More than half of the maths departments surveyed by the Association reported a decrease of at least 10 per cent in applications to start A-level maths in September, compared with September 2016. 

Applications for A-level further maths have also fallen sharply – one in four maths departments said they were expecting no more than half the number they had this year.

“The scale of these potential decreases is alarming,” David Miles, spokesman for the Mathematical Association, a subject association for school and university maths teachers said.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Maths A-level entries are rising, not falling. It is the most popular subject at A level for the fourth year in a row, with 88,000 entries in total and the percentage of people studying it rose three per cent in the last year.”

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