Talk at BSRLM Cambridge

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  • Location: University of Cambridge

Rachel is giving a talk as follows at the BSRLM meeting in Cambridge in March 2020:

“Core Maths should prepare students for vocational and academic study.” Does it?

Rachel Mathieson and Matt Homer

Core Maths qualifications, now in the sixth year of being offered, are intended to contribute towards increasing post-16 maths participation in England. Core Maths technical guidance (Department for Education, 2018) states that Core Maths courses should prepare students for the varied contexts they are likely to encounter in vocational and academic study and in future employment and life. The guidance states that the qualifications are valuable for students progressing to higher education courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element, such as psychology, geography, business and management, and for students aiming for careers in professional, creative and technical fields.

In this session, we explore data from a three-year, mixed-methods, longitudinal study on Core Maths, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, looking for evidence relating to how, or whether, Core Maths may support the study of the broad range of curriculum areas in which students are engaged, whether their programmes lead to higher education, apprenticeships or employment.