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Core Maths Regional Launch Event

18 March 2016

The Core Maths Support Programme Team were joined by the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, to raise awareness of the new Core Maths qualification which meets the demands of both employers and higher education for more numerate employees and students.

The Core Maths Support Programme, a Department for Education initiative delivered by Education Development Trust, hosted a roundtable event in March at the Loughborough University Sports Institute to discuss how maths is used in today’s businesses.

Ms Morgan called for sixth forms and FE colleges in the East Midlands to offer students the chance to study the Level 3 practical maths qualification, Core Maths.

Commenting on the programme, Ms Morgan said: "These qualifications will provide young people with the skills they need to improve their life chances and compete with the best in the world, regardless of their background."

Her call is being supported by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire) and the Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP), which want more students to be able to develop their practical maths skills.

Mick Blaylock, Head of the Core Maths Support Programme which is run by Education Development Trust, said: "Confidence in using maths is increasingly important for young people to be well prepared for work, study and life. Core Maths gives students the opportunity to develop problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.

"Today's figures reveal the demand in the East Midlands for employees with these practical maths skills. We hope our drive to get more FE colleges and sixth forms to offer Core Maths will inspire young people throughout the East Midlands to sign-up to the course and develop the practical maths skills employers' value."

This event was part of a programme of events that CMSP run throughout the year to raise awareness of these essential skills.

Core Maths qualifications are backed by employers and help students to address the practical problems they may encounter in the world of work. These qualifications will provide young people with the skills they need to improve their life chances and compete with the best in the world, regardless of their background.

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan
MP for Loughborough and Secretary of State for Education

Triathlete Sophie Coldwell is observed by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, British Triathlon Federation Performance Coach Adam Elliott, and Mick Blaylock, Head of CMSP