Schools will receive £600 for every additional pupil who takes an advanced maths qualification, helping to ensure Britain has skills for success in the future. The new fund will help schools and colleges 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.
While maths continues to be the most popular subject at A level, with almost 25% of pupils choosing to study it, there are almost three quarters of students with an A*-C in GCSE maths at age 16 who decide not to continue studying the subject.
Academic standards are rising in our schools, with 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010 and Government reforms to post 16 maths qualifications, have led to a more rigorous curriculum, enabling pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. This leads to better options for further study and training, including careers in engineering, computing, accountancy and design and advanced maths qualifications, and data shows that pupils who do well in maths at school earn higher wages.