Do you think every child should study maths until they are 18?

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Rishi Sunak wants students to study some form of maths until they are 18 (Image: PA)
Rishi Sunak wants students to study some form of maths until they are 18 (Image: PA)

Rishi Sunak is looking at plans to ensure all pupils in England study maths up until the age of 18 to better equip them for the modern workplace - and we want to know if you what you think.

The Prime Minister said that learning maths will help youngsters leave school “better equipped for the jobs of the future”.

It comes as Government figures revealed that around eight million adults in England have the numeracy skills of primary school children, while 60 percent of disadvantaged pupils do not have basic maths skills at 16.

The Government is not expected to make maths A-Level compulsory for all 16-year-olds, but “is exploring existing routes, such as the core maths qualifications and T-Levels, as well as more innovative options”.

Mr Sunak said: “One of the biggest changes in mindset we need in education today is to reimagine our approach to numeracy.

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"Right now, just half of all 16-year-olds study any maths at all. Yet in a world where data is everywhere and statistics underpin every job, our children's jobs will require more analytical skills than ever before."

The announcement comes amid a winter of multiple strikes, a cost-of-living crisis and huge pressures on the NHS.

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