Education Secretary Michael Gove gave a speech to the Royal Society in which he set out his vision for "a new goal for the education system so that within a decade the vast majority of pupils are studying maths right through to the age of 18."
The Secretary of State highlighted the widening gap between UK skills and the skills of emerging nations, stating that:
He then set out some of the measures to address the challenges that this reality presents:
"Our vision for the future is clear," said Gove.
"We are empowering teachers. We want schools to be more responsible to parents instead of to politicians. We are reducing bureaucracy as fast as we can. We want to reverse the devaluation of the exam system. We want a National Curriculum that acts as a foundation of core knowledge - not a detailed blueprint for lesson plans.
"And we unequivocally believe that maths and science education are at the heart of improving our society and our economy."
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