“Britain continues to lag far behind other countries when it comes to maths education, even though the problems were identified more than a decade ago. In 2009, the UK came 28th in an international educational league table in maths based on the skills of 15-year-olds – well behind many European and east Asian countries.”
See the article in the Independent, here:
Looking through this list, it becomes apparent very quickly that the highest paid members of society have to be numerate.
1. Head of a major organisation
There is a great deal of statistical analysis required here for producing and understanding reports. Basic numeracy skills are needed to consider budgets, priorities, staff costs, rates, etc. A degree in Economics would be a common stepping stone to this job, which contains a great deal of maths work.
2. Medical Practictioner
Very strong maths qualifications are required to gain a place on the courses that lead to these jobs e.g. a degree in Medicine. There is also a great deal of mathematical work on these courses.
3. Senior National Government Official
Similar to the head of an organisation, there is a great deal of business management knowledge required here – Economics degrees are common.
4. Airline Pilot
To gain entry into pilot Training Programmes, candidates need to pass an exam which demonstrates strong maths skills.
5. Dental Practitioner
Similar to a degree in Medicine, a degree in Dentistry requires strong maths skills.
At the other end of the scale, the worst paid jobs were also detailed:
“GCSEs encourage “teaching to the test” and may be past their sell-by date, according to Britain’s leading business organisation.”Follow link for the original article in The Guardian here
Good Luck over the coming weeks!
Here are a few exam pointers that will help you to make the most of each exam:
Before the exam:
- Get a good night’s sleep before the exam
- Have a nourishing breakfast in the morning (and lunch, if your exam is in the afternoon)
- Make sure you have the right tools for your exam. Do you need your calculator? Tracing paper? Compasses?
- Arrive in plenty of time so that you can enter the exam hall feeling calm and composed.
During the exam:
- Read ALL the instructions on the front page.
- Work through the questions methodically, allowing time to check over your answers before the exam finishes.
- Read each question carefully
- Show ALL your working, step by step
- Draw graphs and diagrams IN PENCIL
- Write your answer in the space provided, using the correct:
- format (were you asked to give the equation of a line in the form ax+by+c=0, or y=mx+c?)
- units (should your calculator be in degrees or radians mode? did you convert all measurements to cm or m?)
- accuracy (significant figures, decimal places)
- check your answer where possible (e.g. if you solved for x, check the LHS and RHS of your equation!)
- Remain relaxed during the exam – if a question makes you feel anxious, skip it and come back to it later
If you start to panic: STOP. Put down your pen, rest your hands and look straight ahead. Take a couple of deep, calming breaths. Remind yourself that you can get through this better if you just relax.
- Check through your answers at the end – many silly mistakes can be fixed at this time
After the exam:
- Relax. DON’T dwell on what you might have done right or wrong.
- Take a moment to be proud of yourself for trying your best.
- Move on to revision for your next exam.
Please also read this BBC Article about general exam technique for some pointers.
A new City & Guilds report shows that while teenagers recognise that maths can be useful in real life, they feel that the maths taught at school can be irrelevant to their needs