UK Maths

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.

The Last Taboo

Shirley Conran | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Shirley Conran

It is the last taboo. Talking about it is not something a nice girl does in mixed company, it is indelicate, unfeminine. Many women have been raised to believe that men are "naturally good" at money matters and women are "naturally bad" at money matters. It's not said directly, little girls pick up this idea by osmosis. Outside the home, for a man to say he wants more money or ask for a raise is acceptable; it goes with the hairy chest and the company car. But women can't say that, they won't even admit it to themselves and they don't want to think about why.

Heroines of STEM: Time for Some Flag Waving?

Holly Seddon | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Seddon

My daughter recently had to do a project for her science home work. She was making a board game that involved great scientists. Of course there was Einstein, Peter Higgs, Dmitri Mendeleev, Euclid, Joseph Black, Jan Van Helmont, Galileo, Schrödinger (and his cat)... Only the cat wasn't male. And that was because it was a theoretical cat.

From a Little (More) STEM Can a Great Economy Grow

Nikki Yates | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Yates

We have a problem in the UK, and that problem is having a detrimental impact on our performance, our growth, and our ability to compete on a global stage.

Radio Maths is Fun!

Wendy Jones | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Wendy Jones

We already knew that poor numeracy was more widespread than poor literacy and that around half the population of working age had only primary school-level maths skills (too many power naps at secondary school?). We also knew that poor maths was linked to lower earnings (even more so than poor literacy is) and possibly to wider wellbeing. But now the new economic research put a figure to the estimated overall cost.

Happy Pi Day!

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech

It's Pi Day, Pi Day, gotta get down on Pi Day. Everybody's look-ing for-ward to the weekend. Unfortunately while it is true that March 14 - 3.14 - ...

Chinese Teachers Shipped Into Boost Brits' Maths Skills

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

Maths teachers from China will be shipped over to boost British pupil performance in the subject and to overhaul the way the UK teaches numeracy. A...

Schools Guilty Of Gender Stereotyping, Research Claims

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly half of state schools in England are guilty of contributing towards gender stereotyping, with few bothering to tackle the gender bias of subjec...

Maths? Eurgh! It's Time to Inspire Your Children to Love Numbers

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

Maths - the number of times I hear "I'm no good at maths!", "I hate it", "I'm not a numbers person", "I always fail at maths". The strange thing is, it's often said with a smile, a shrug, an acceptance that it's normal, it's ok. In contrast you would hardly ever hear someone admit in public "I can't read", "I can't write" and if someone did I am confident it would not be said with a smile.

There's Something Odd About Today's Date

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

Maths fans, one for you. Today's date is a numerical phenomenon which only occurs five times a century, and this is the last one in the 21st century. ...

Maths May Just Have Helped Save The World

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Tech

Scientists have invented something which could solve everything. Well almost. A study led by the University of Sussex has developed a mathematic...

Invisible in St Jude's Storm: The Role of Maths in Getting the Forecast Right

Ian Roulstone | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Ian Roulstone

The forecast of the St Jude's Day storm was good and, as Prynne highlights... The reason this forecast was very good - like so many these days - is that our ever-growing knowledge of how the atmosphere works has been extremely carefully incorporated into the computer algorithms using state-of-the-art mathematics.

WATCH: Dad Discovers Son Finally Passed Maths Exam, Cries

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

We dare you not to well up while watching this adorable video of a father's reaction to his son finally getting a C in his maths exam. "A year befo...

List Life: How Lists Make Us Feel Alive

Simon Pont | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Pont

With the right list, we can push at the edges of our mortality... which returns us to the essentialness of making the most of every 24 hours and how we fill them... which returns us to more lists, so we may tick-off and feel more complete.

UK Science Industry Must Inspire Our Bright Young Students

Mandy Oxbrow | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mandy Oxbrow

As thousands of teenagers nervously await their A-Level results I began to reflect on my own path from science education-to-industry, a journey that started 12 years ago. Like today's crop of students I was worried that this day could possibly make or break my summer and even my entire life...

Maths GCSE Was Like 'Playing A Game' Says 9-Year-Old Who Got A*

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A nine-year-old who scored A* in his maths GCSE says it was just like playing a computer game - and even completed the paper with 45 minutes to spare....

Girls' A-level Choices are Locking Them Out of Creative Industries Too

Polly Courtney | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Polly Courtney

The idea that painters, writers, dancers, designers and musicians can exist on the basis of their creativity alone is misplaced and out of date. I am one of a small but growing number of creative who benefits from a scientific background.

Fancy A Cheeky £20k?

PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Maths graduates are to be offered £20,000 to teach in colleges. Grants of around £9,000 will be available to would-be college English and special...

Why (Statistically) I Will Die Alone

Charlie Albuery | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Charlie Albuery

This is a question that practically every male has asked himself at one point or another in his life. Unfortunately, there is rarely a hard and fast answer to the query. In reality, it's probably due to a number of physical and psychological factors that we could never measure. But that's boring.

How Parents Can Stop the Summer Slide in Their Children's Academic Ability Over the Next Six Weeks

Carol Vorderman | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Vorderman

When I was a child, attending a small Catholic state primary in North Wales, our times tables were something that were drummed in to us. Teachers, and my mum, who was a single parent, knew the value of being good with numbers and being able to do your "sums". And the key to it all is practise. You can't do it without practise. But somehow we think that you can confine maths to five sessions of 45 minutes or so a week (the numeracy lesson) and that's good enough. It isn't.

More Tests and League Tables Will Only Fuel the Low Confidence Epidemic Sweeping UK Children

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

The Government is putting yet more pressure on our children in a world where tests are flooding the curriculum... Children as young as four quite simply shouldn't be subject to high pressure tests. It not necessary and there are much better, less anxiety-inducing ways of achieving Clegg's goals.

Students Re-sit GCSEs Up To Seven Times To Boost Schools' Ranking

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students are re-sitting their GCSE exams up to seven times so their school can improve its ranking on national league tables, an investigation has rev...

Ready, Set, Sail!

Sarah Ayton | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Ayton

Combine together 14.7˚C air temperature, 16.7˚C sea temperature, 99% humidity, 15.5 knots of speed, a 250 degree wind, and a wave height of 0.5 metres and what do you have? Well yes a lot of numbers but also the formula for a pretty decent day's sailing last Thursday in Southampton!

'Back Specialist Maths Schools', Universities Urged

PA | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are being urged to back specialist maths schools amid concerns they are being forced to fill degree places with students from overseas. ...

Young People's GCSE Maths Skills Are 'Not Enough' For Working World

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

New research has found that GCSE maths is not providing young people with what they need in the workplace. While the current curriculum covers the ...