Don’t write teens off as math failures

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GCSE maths exams are deliberately designed to fail a third of all young people, according to the education charity National Numeracy.

The charity wants to see a new benchmark – a numeracy equivalent of the driving test – which sets out the essentials of practical maths that teenagers will need for adult life and the workplace. Unlike GCSE, this would be something that all young people would be expected to achieve as part of their maths education and that could be embedded within the existing curriculum and exam pathway.

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