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Just before Christmas the Prime Minister no less announced a new “policy flavour” [1] that all students would continue to study maths to age 18.

Better minds than mine will have ideas whether this is a good idea (or not).

But we can at least look at some numbers.

These show that young people who achieve grades 4 to 6 in maths at GCSE tend not to enter qualifications in maths post-16.

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