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Mathematics - the lingua franca of career opportunities and a strong economy

A briefing on mathematics by the IET Engineering Policy Group Northern Ireland.

The many excellent features of the new Northern Ireland (NI) curriculum in trying to match the capabilities of pupils leaving compulsory education to the needs of the NI economy and society, and to prepare pupils for continued education and examination are recognised. However, when making Key Stage 4 selections pupils must be made aware that cessation of study in mathematics and numeracy subjects will place significant constraints upon their future career choices, particularly within a knowledge economy. It is recommended that at least one mathematics and numeracy course should be mandatory for all pupils at Key Stage 4.