Is the UK an Outlier? an International Comparison of Upper Secondary Mathematics Education

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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