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How to make Britain numerate again

We must learn from the National Numeracy Strategy—and stop academisation

By Andrew King  

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne conducts an experiment with children from St Thomas's School during his visit to The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. © Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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18?! If only tackling the problem of innumerate Britain was as simple as Osborne’s political rhetoric makes it sound. But if making maths compulsory up to age of 18 is the wrong answer to…

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