Welcome to the Core Maths research project at the University of Leeds

About the Project

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This work is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The full title of the project is The early take-up of Core Mathematics: successes and challenges.

The project runs from March 2017 to March 2020.

Update (5th Feb 2020) – the final report is being finalised and will be published in the next month or soon thereafter.


We have been investigating how provision of this new and important post-16 mathematics qualification is developing across England. We are interested in the reasons why it is succeeding in certain institutions, and the barriers to its success in others.

If you want to contribute to the research please Get Involved. We are particularly keen to hear the views of higher education instituitons, and schools/colleges who have considered offering Core Maths but have decided not to.

News, Events and Posts

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Matt and Rachel are presenting project findings that the JMC. More details here.


Rachel is giving a talk at this meeting entitled “Core Maths should prepare students for vocational and academic study.” Does...


We are having a Leeds dissemination event on 6th Feb 2020. A report of what happened at the event is...


Matt and Rachel are reporting on the full project at UCL in June. More details here.


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Matt and Rachel will be giving a talk over-viewing the project findings. Full details below: Can Core Maths solve the...


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On Feb 6th 2020, we organised a meeting for local and regional people with an interest in Core Maths (e.g...


We have now been into our case study schools and colleges twice – once in the autumn of 2017, and...


Here, we are trying to make sense of what the £600 will mean to schools/colleges. It’s a bit like doing...


In the Autumn 2017 budget, the Chancellor announced a £600 maths premium for every additional student who takes Core Maths...