The DfE has announced details of how the new Advanced Maths Premium will be paid to schools and colleges who increase the numbers of students taking level 3 (i.e. more advanced than GCSE) courses in all maths subjects. This includes Maths, Further Maths, Core Maths and Statistics.
In broad terms, institutions will receive £600 per year for every additional student taking an eligible qualification. Hence, for two-year A level courses, schools and colleges will receive £1,200 over the two years. And, exceptionally, if an additional student takes both A level Maths and A level Further Maths in parallel two years running, the payment will be £2,400. This is the only combination that will attract double funding for one student in the same year.
The number of students qualifying as ‘additional’ in each school or college will be calculated by comparing the average number of students (in an institution) taking these courses across 2015-16 and 2016-17 with the actual number of students taking courses in 2018-19. So, the degree to which the 2018-19 figure is greater than the average for the two previous years will count as the ‘additional’ number of students in each institution.
The first payments of the premium will appear in institutions’ funding allocations for the school year 2019-2020.
For full details of the funding calculation and mechanism see the DfE Guidance.
The announcement has been welcomed by the NCETM Director, Charlie Stripp, who is also Chief Executive of MEI:
"The premium for advanced maths is excellent news.
"Studying maths to a higher level helps young people to succeed in higher education and employment and increases their earning potential, which is valuable for the them as individuals and also helps the national economy.
"Funding pressures have meant that many schools and colleges do not offer Core Maths or AS/A level Further Maths or do not allow students to take AS qualifications in Maths or Further Maths alongside a programme of three A levels. By rewarding schools and colleges for teaching more students advanced maths (which includes Core Maths, AS/A level Maths and Further Maths, and other level 3 maths qualifications), the premium can enable schools and colleges to afford to offer a full range of maths qualifications, and will encourage them to promote advanced maths qualifications to their students. This will boost uptake and enable far more of our young people to access the maths education they need to succeed."
Details of current Maths Hubs projects in all post-16 maths areas can be found on the Maths Hubs Programme website.
For information about support for colleges and students in the area of further maths, visit the website of the Further Mathematics Support Programme, which is managed by MEI.