All students in the UK are required to study some form of mathematics until the age of 18, a release This information was informed from the office of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday. “Every opportunity I have had in life began with the education I was fortunate to have,” Rishi Sunak is expected to say in his first speech of the year as he sets out his priorities for 2023.
Giving every child the highest possible standard of education was the “single most important reason” for Rishi Sunak to enter politics. “With the right planning – the right commitment to excellence – I see no reason why we cannot compete with the best education systems in the world,” read Rishi Sunak’s speech.
Planning reforms on this scale will be challenging because England has about 8 million adults with the same number of primary school children’s skills, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Currently only around half of 16-19 year olds study any maths and the problem is particularly acute for disadvantaged students, 60 per cent of whom do not have basic maths skills at age 16.
“One of the biggest shifts in our mindset in education today is rethinking our approach to numbers… In a world where data is everywhere and statistics underpin every job, our kids’ jobs will require more analytical skills than ever before. And Letting our children come out into the world without those skills, is letting our children down,” reads Rishi Sunak’s speech.
Additionally, the Prime Minister’s Office said the government is not considering making maths A-level compulsory for all 16-year-olds. More details will be set in due course but the government is exploring existing routes, such as core maths qualifications and T-levels, as well as more innovative options, the statement said.
Wednesday’s speech will be as much a statement of intent as a response to critics who doubt whether the man who failed to win against Truss in September’s Conservative leadership contest can help the party win the next election. Mr Sunak is also expected to address the UK’s NHS crisis in his speech.
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