This report identified the alarming disparity between the proportions of students studying mathematics beyond the age of 16.  At that time only one-fifth of pupils in England continued to study maths at any level after achieving a GCSE - the lowest of 24 developed countries. A key recommendation from the report was for, ‘The creation of an intermediate option or options between basic and advanced mathematics, aimed at those students who have already achieved an A*-C grade at GCSE’.

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