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I wish I’d studied more maths at school—Osborne is right to step in

A recent school leaver makes the case for compulsory mathematics up to age 18

By James Snell  

Secondary school children during a lesson ©David Davies/PA Wire

Read more: Why are we so bad at maths? 

Amid the sound and fury generated by this month’s Budget, one new measure introduced by the Chancellor went by almost without comment—George Osborne’s proposal for the mandatory teaching of maths up to the age of 18.

I recently finished school, am reasonably bright and, in educational terms, have been lucky. But Osborne’s measure means students younger than me will have a certain advantage. Being…

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