Royal Society responds to expert-led review of maths education to 18

16 April 2023

Responding to the expected announcement from PM Rishi Sunak of a review to explore maths education to 18, Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said:

“Confidence in mathematics broadly defined, including statistics and data literacy, is essential if we want our economy to thrive. 

“We need to provide a mathematics education that better prepares young people for their futures, whether for jobs in sectors being transformed by digital and data-based technologies or in order to be equipped as citizens to play active roles in wider society.

“The introduction of Core Maths, as an alternative qualification to maths A levels has been a popular and positive change. But more still needs to be done to make such courses, and mathematics skills in general, widely available and appealing to students.

“A radical reform of the education system will not be easy and will take time, so it is reassuring to see the PM's commitment today."