UK Maths

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 ...

University May Not Be for Me... What Are My Options?

Alex Dyer | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

With rising tuition fees, Universities culling degree courses and soaring young unemployment, the future looks bleak. There is a great deal of negativity associated with employment opportunities at the moment. So what are your options? And how can you succeed?

No maths in business?

Wendy Jones | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Wendy Jones

I half-watched The Apprentice last night while going through the email backlog - both experiences made slightly more bearable by the other. But my attention was suddenly caught by a Maths Problem.

Manchester Wins University Challenge For Fourth Time

PA | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The University Of Manchester have become champions of BBC contest University Challenge for a fourth time, to equal the record set by Magdalen College,...

Author Profile: Coralie Colmez

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

Coralie Colmez's idiosyncratic combination of Gallic good looks, quiet intellect, a warm, unassuming personality, and an ultra cool dress sense that veers between hipster and high fashion is magnetic.

11*11=?

PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Many adults struggle with basic sums and rely on a calculator to add and subtract, new research suggests. Around one in six (15%) say they find the...

Guess What? The 'Good Will Hunting' Maths Problem Was Relatively Easy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Comedy

The film 'Good Will Hunting', if you remember, starred Matt Damon as a troubled janitor working at MIT - the twist being that he was, in fact, a secre...

Financial Education Should Be Part of the National Curriculum

Anthony Browne | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Anthony Browne

Schools should equip children with intellectual learning and skills for life outside the school gates. One of the most important and practical skills throughout life - and one of the keys to a prosperous adulthood - is the ability to manage money competently.

Largest Prime Number Discovered (And Has 17 Million Digits)

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Tech

The largest known prime number now has 17 million digits. Prime numbers are those which are indivisible by any number other than itself and one. ...

Playing Climate Games with Nature for Keeps

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Tech
Tomas Rawlings

The seed of this game came from the fact that the Kyoto protocol recently expired with nothing to replace it. Basically CO2 emissions are going up and up and collectively not much is happening to bring them down. We'd like to think that reality works the way we'd imagine it should but it doesn't always.

Cash For Failing Pupils

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary schools are to be given extra money to help pupils who are falling behind in English and maths, it was confirmed on Thursday. Under the i...

Overhaul Needed To Encourage Teens To Take Maths At A-Level

PA | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An overhaul of maths education is needed to boost the numbers of teenagers taking the subject after GCSE, research suggests. Just one in five stude...

Bit Strapped For Cash?

PA | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Top graduates are to be offered £20,000 scholarships to train for a career teaching maths, it has been announced. Around 150 of the scholarships a...

Students 'Failed' By Maths System, Experts Warn

PA | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Young mathematicians are being let down by an education system that does not allow them to gain a thorough knowledge of the subject, experts warned on...

Pain By Numbers: Maths Really Does Hurt Your Brain

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Scientists have proved what students have long suspected: Maths equations can actually trigger physical pain. Regions of the brain linked with the...

Cambridge University To Set Tough New Maths A-Levels

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Cambridge professors will set tough new maths A-levels after the university became the first to intervene in the exams system. Mathematicians will ...

Megan Stammers Back On Twitter After Returning To UK

Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK

Megan Stammers has thanked her followers on Twitter for "the nice messages of support" in her first posting since she fled to France with her Maths te...

Alice E. Vincent

Painting By Numbers: An Interview With Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 19.09.2012 | Home

Imagine if, when looking at a piece of art, you saw a numerical code. Or a rainbow when reading a book. For Daniel Tammet, life has always been more t...

Making Math Child Friendly: Learning Styles

Elena Barbiero | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Elena Barbiero

Individuals 'learn' because it serves them in some way, and children of course are more instinctive than adults. Regardless of learning style, a young child will want to learn something as a way of exploring the world, and will use all senses: this is because the rational brain is not yet in many cases ready to retain information merely from sitting down and 'taking notes'.

Why We Need Olympic-Style Maths Academies

Ian Hunt | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Hunt

To those who rightly identify Mathematics as a critically important focal point for schools' improvement, I urge you to consider not just how we broaden the level of understanding in our schools, but how we stretch and challenge the very best, by doing so in an environment where excellence seeps through every pore of expectation.

Try Again, Mr Gove

Wendy Jones | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

Ever since Kenneth Baker first introduced a National Curriculum for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1988, governments have periodically had a bash at improving it. It's one of those cyclical things.