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A long division

We can improve the country's maths skills—if schools are given political space

By Jay Elwes  

Prospect's roundtable. ©Keith Leon, Prospect

Read more: Dyscalculia—more than just a block

Why is Britain so bad at maths? A report published in January by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that British pupils rank poorly by international standards. Among other findings, it showed that 22 per cent of British 15-year-olds struggle with arithmetic, in sharp contrast to Asian countries, where levels of attainment are much higher.

Prospect convened a round table to discuss this question which is of fundamental importance…

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