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Post-16 maths should be universal but not compulsory.
That’s the conclusion from Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s long-awaited review into post-16 maths education.
In his 88-page report, Smith concludes that we do not yet have the appropriate range of pathways or the teaching capacity to deliver the required volume and range, but that universal, rather than compulsory maths could become a realistic proposition within a decade.
The report includes analysis and recommendations to increase participation and improve maths education for 16 to 18-year-olds in England.
Recommendations for the government include: