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Vision for science and mathematics education (2014) -

This report sets out the royal Society’s vision for science and mathematics education over the next 20 years.

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Mathematics after 16: the state of play, challenges and ways ahead (2014) -

This report from the Nuffield Foundation warns that plans to make GCSE Maths more demanding, detach AS from A levels, and replace the modular structure in favour of terminal exams could actually discourage students from continuing to study maths beyond the age of 16.

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Reading Counts: Why English and maths skills matter in tackling homelessness -

The aim of this report was to build on previous research, and that of others, to provide evidence about the causes and consequences of low English and maths skills among people who are homeless, and the extent of the need for training.

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The Learning Curve (2014) -

By Economist Intelligence Unit / Pearson. This report is part of a wide-ranging programme of quantitative and qualitative analysis, entitled The Learning Curve. It seeks to distil some of the major lessons on the links between education and skill development, retention and use.

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Closing the attainment gap in Scottish education (2014) -

By Edward Sosu and Sue Ellis, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This report outlines what teachers, schools, local and national government and other education providers can do to close the education attainment gap associated with poverty in Scotland. It looks at attempts that have been made to tackle the issue and considers the evidence for which ones have proved successful. It makes recommendations for educators and policy-makers about what is likely to work.

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The Learning Curve (2012) -

Governments in most countries recognise a link between the knowledge and skills with which young people enter the workforce and long-term economic competitiveness. This report is aimed at helping policymakers, educators, academics and other specialists to identify some of these factors.

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UK Commission's Employer Skills Survey 2013 -

The Employer Skills Survey is the UK's biggest survey of the skills issues faced by employers. It is conducted by UKCES (The UK Commission for Employment and Skills). In its 2013 edition it captured the experiences of over 90 000 employers. For the first time this year UKCES are considering change over time in the data they have collected. Employers reported significant shortcoming in the numeracy skills of applicants to vacancies in their firms. Across the UK, this accounted for 26% of applicants, in Wales that figure was particularly high - accounting for 33% of applicants. The skill gaps were also unevenly distributed across different professions- they rose to 45% for Administrative and Clerical staff and 36% for Sales and Customer Service Professionals.

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