Major change for schools announced in Rishi Sunak's shake-up – how are your kids affected? | The Sun

RISHI Sunak today announced that all schoolkids must study maths until they're 18 in a major education shake-up.

Mr Sunak today laid out his five-point New Year battleplan to the nation.

During his speech – the first major address of his premiership – Mr Sunak made "numeracy a central objective of our education system".

He vowed to make sure all school children study "some form of maths" until they're 18.

Mr Sunak stressed that "doesn't have to mean a compulsory a-level in maths for everyone", but a version of numeracy will be studied.

As he lays out his priorities for the year in his first speech of 2023, Mr Sunak said: "This is personal for me.

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"Every opportunity I've had in life began with the education I was so fortunate to receive.

"And it's the single most important reason why I came into politics: to give every child the highest possible standard of education."

He put emphasis on the importance of numeracy, stressing "our children's jobs will require more analytical skills".

Mr Sunak added: "One of the biggest changes in mindset we need in education today is to reimagine our approach to numeracy.

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"Right now, just half of all 16 to 19-year-olds study any maths at all.

"Yet in a world where data is everywhere and statistics underpin every job, our children's jobs will require more analytical skills than ever before.

"And letting our children out into the world without those skills, is letting our children down".

The PM also assured the nation he can end the cost of living and strike misery – as well as finally tackling illegal immigration.

He also set out to answer critics who accused the Tory leader of going missing while the NHS creaks under the pressure of a winter surge. 

Making five promises, he said: "We will halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, cut waiting lists, and stop the boats.

"Those are the people’s priorities. They are your government’s priorities. And we will either have achieved them or not.

"So, I ask you to judge us on the effort we put in and the results we achieve.”

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