King’s Lynn school to be a core maths pioneer

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Lynn’s Springwood High School is to pioneer a new course which education ministers hope will mean more students study maths for longer.

Springwood is one of only three schools and colleges in Norfolk which will begin teaching a new core maths course this autumn, a year before it is rolled out across the country.

A school representative attended a course launch meeting in London on Monday.

And director of maths Sally Aviss said: “It’s better to be in at the beginning rather than catching up afterwards.”

The new qualification is being aimed at the 40 per cent of students who achieve a C grade or above at GCSE, but who do not take maths at A level.

Education minister, and South West Norfolk MP, Elizabeth Truss said: “Too many students drop maths at 16, become rusty in the subject and limit their future career options. This is partly because there has not been a good option for non-specialists at 16.

“Core maths will give more young people the chance to earn better salaries, open doors to all kinds of careers and ensure they are always in demand in the workplace.

“In future we don’t want students to think whether to take maths but rather which maths to take.”

Last year, Springwood’s A level maths results were among the very best in the country and the number of students wanting to study the subject there has risen consistently in recent years.

Mrs Aviss said the new course was particularly important for students who want to study maths, but who may not be suited to a full A level course.

She added: “I fully support the government in encouraging students to study maths post-16.”

The move has also been welcomed by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, who said it was particularly welcome at a time of economic expansion and greater demand for numeracy skills.

He added: “It’s very positive to see a school like Springwood taking a lead.”