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You can read more about all of the funding announcements included in the Autumn Budget here.


Pre-16 mathematics

  • In addition to the existing £41m of funding for the Teaching for Mastery of Mathematics programme, we have announced an additional £27m of funding to expand the programme to 3,000 more primary and secondary schools. This will include the establishment of a pre-mastery programme that will be offered to all Opportunity Area primary schools, and will accelerate rollout of the Mastery for Secondary programme to begin in the 2018/19 academic year and reach over 50% of secondary schools by 2023.


  • This builds on the £6m of new funding announced in October 2017 by the Secretary of State for the expansion of Maths Hubs in northern areas where they will make the biggest difference.


Post-16 mathematics

  • There will be a new funding uplift for 16-19 providers of up to £600 for every additional student over a baseline year studying academic level 3 mathematics qualifications. Take-up of level 3 mathematics qualifications has been growing, but it is still low, especially for girls. This funding uplift will enable schools and colleges to support more students to study a mathematics qualification post-16, whilst still allowing them the flexibility to make appropriate decisions on which qualifications to offer their students. We realise that there will be questions about the detail of this announcement; we will announce further details in due course.


  • We are also announcing that we will loosen the large programme uplift requirement for 16 to 19-year olds taking further mathematics to encourage schools and colleges to support more students to enter this high-value qualification. Students will now need to achieve a grade C rather than a grade B in their further mathematics A level in order for their school or college to receive this uplift.


  • We are providing additional investment to improve outcomes for students in basic maths skills post-16, including an announcement on testing innovative approaches through a pilot, and a Centres of Excellence programme for the Further Education sector. This programme will develop and spread high quality, new and evidenced methods for teaching in the Further Education sector. It will also support the sector to use diagnostic tools to help teachers understand the capabilities of their new students to enable them to target teaching more effectively.


  • We are also committing to an annual £350,000 top-up for every 16-19 mathematics school, enabling more to open across England. These schools will deliver extensive outreach work with schools and teachers ensuring all students have the best chance to achieve their full potential in the study of mathematics. Any new maths school will be a welcome and valued partner in its local Maths Hub network, complementing the Hub’s work.


Computing education

  • The Smith Review highlighted the importance of developing digital skills in tandem with mathematical skills. As part of our continuing work to support the new computing curriculum and improve the study of computer science, we have announced £84m of new funding over the next 5 years to deliver a comprehensive programme to improve the teaching of computing and drive up participation, with a particular focus on girls. This new programme of support will include: upskilling up to 8,000 computer science teachers, enough for there to be one in every secondary school with the knowledge needed to teach computer science GCSE; creating a new National Centre for Computing Education; piloting approaches to improving girls’ participation; and on online platform to support A level teaching.


Professor Sir Adrian Smith made clear in his review that changes to the labour market and the increasing sophistication of technology are driving an increasing need for quantitative skills in a wide range of both STEM and non-STEM higher education courses and careers. This package of measures is key to boosting the mathematical and quantitative skills of the future workforce and is an important step towards ensuring that young people have the knowledge and skills they need for further study and future careers.

These announcements are a significant step forward. We want to ensure that more young people have the opportunity, encouragement and support to choose mathematics post-16 and look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve this.


Kind regards,

Dan Styles


STEM curriculum policy team

Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT


Twitter:       @educationgovuk




Smith Report into post-16 mathematics

The long-awaited Smith review into post-16 mathematics education has been published.  It looks at all aspects including A Level Maths and Further Maths, Core Maths, GCSE re-sits and Functional Maths.


This is the most significant report for many years.  We eagerly await the government's response.


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