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More real life maths please, say teenagers

School pupils surveyed for vocational training providers City & Guilds have called for maths to be geared more towards real life.

Teenage students have asked for more real life maths

School pupils surveyed for vocational training providers City & Guilds have called for maths to be geared more towards real life.

Researchers for City and Guilds interviewed 3,000 school pupils aged from 7 to 18 on their attitudes to employment and beliefs about future employment prospects.

The survey results showed that 69% of young people believed that as a subject, maths could help them become successful. However, many commented that they found the subject boring (39%), difficult (36%) or irrelevant (30%).
Teenagers had clear ideas for how maths teaching could be improved, with 54% saying it should be geared more to practical scenarios.

One commented: "Show me how I can use maths in business, to do accounts or banking."

Another said: "Somehow I doubt I'll use trigonometry anytime in the future."

Mr Jones said: "Our research shows young people are keen to learn maths and recognise the importance of the subject, but there needs to be more emphasis on the practical application of maths in schools to ensure young people have the skills employers need."

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