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As a parent, it’s natural to want the best for your child. As part of this, you want them to leave school and have the necessary skills to function in day-to-day life. It might come as good news that the government are launching a new core maths examination for sixth form students.

The new courses are aimed at students over the age of 16 and hope to fill the gap in qualifications for pupils. They’re intended for students who have passed GCSEs but don’t intend on taking maths at a higher level. The course will have the same UCAS points as an AS level.


According to the Department for Education (DfE), the new course (which launched on September 3rd) will help pupils prepare for real-life situations and boost their confidence when it comes to managing their personal finances. They will be taught using practical examples on interest rates, mortgage repayments and tax contributions.

The need for this additional qualification comes from the change to the school leavers’ age which was previously set at 16. Under legislation brought in by the last Labour government, students between the age of 16 and 18 now have to either be in education, employment or training, which has meant a surge in the number of students in schools.

The DfE have said that the new qualification was endorsed by employers, who have expressed their concern at the lack of basic numeracy and literacy skills among employees.

Adult learners

Maths help isn’t just available for young people. If you’re an adult and you want to brush up on your mathematical skills then there are many resources out there. You could start off simply by reminding yourself of the basics by using BBC’s skillswise. The site features short videos and different skill based quizzes to test your knowledge.

Once you’re feeling a little more confident, you could take yourself down to your local Adult Learning Centre to see what courses are available. The courses are usually free (depending on your local authority) and run from a basic level right up to GCSE, and you’ll receive a nationally recognised qualification at the end of it. To find out more about this, head to your local council’s website.

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Alternatively, if you’re looking for a little help when it comes to managing your finances you could always consider a budgeting account like thinkmoney’s. The thinkmoney Current Account is an alternative to a basic bank account and will take the pressure off you by separating the money that you need for your regular bills from your everyday spending money – giving you the peace of mind, that you’re never spending anything that you shouldn’t be. The thinkmoney Current Account comes with a monthly management fee of £10 or £15 if you’re looking for a joint account. If you’d like to read more about the account, click here.

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