17 Apr 2023

Rishi Sunak defends plan to make pupils study maths until 18

Rishi Sunak defended his plan to make all students in England study maths until the age of 18 – although he admitted that more teachers would need to be recruited.

Mr Sunak said he wanted to change what he called the country’s “anti maths mindset” – which he claimed was holding the economy back.

Opposition parties described the plan as an empty pledge – without enough maths teachers to deliver it.