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BENEFITS OF CORE MATHS

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. What students study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial maths element. It will also help with other A-level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help students keep up these essential skills. Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

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The Minister's Letter

Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools (DfE) and Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science (BIS) have written to all university vice-chancellors to provide information on the new Core Maths qualifications which are being introduced for 16 year olds from this September. Universities will begin to see an increasing number of applicants with these qualifications from 2016 and the information provided is to help them and their colleagues be aware of Core Maths.

The Ministerial letter was accompanied by a briefing paper by Professor Paul Glaister, University of Reading, which provides more details on Core Maths and its relevance to higher education. As part of this communication to vice-chancellors, attention was drawn to Paul’s engagement with universities, and that Paul would very much welcome the opportunity to give institution-wide briefings on Core Maths to senior staff and staff responsible for admissions in universities.  All universities are encouraged to take up this opportunity to find out more about Core Maths, its relevance to higher education, and to discuss any aspects of Core Maths. Please contact Paul at p.glaister@reading.ac.uk to arrange a mutually convenient time for him to visit.

Paul Glaister is Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Reading, and for the last five years Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics there.  Paul is an ambassador for Core Maths, a consultant to the Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP), a member of the A level Content Advisory Board (ALCAB) for AS/A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and a higher education external expert adviser to The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

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Quick Links

The Ministers' Letter

Gov.uk Press Release - Launch of New High-Quality Post-16 Maths Qualification

HEA Report

British Academy Report

Paul Glaister - Briefing Paper

Nuffield Report

Core Maths Support Programme Awarding Organisations Page

Core Maths Support Programme Endorsements Page

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