If you get the incentives right, the rest should follow. So Liz
Truss’ push for a subject premium should be applauded. If sixth form colleges received more money for pupils studying Maths, it is reasonable to assume that they would encourage more of them
to do it.
At the moment, colleges receive more money for people doing Media Studies than Maths or English on the grounds that the equipment required to teach the subject makes it more expensive. But,
frankly, this is perverse. I expect that nearly every employer, including newspapers, would rather that their employees had Maths A-Level than Media Studies.
Truss’ other point is that more money for Maths would enable more schools to hire good quality Maths teachers. At the moment, only half of all comprehensive sixth forms offer Further Maths