In May 2014, in a speech at Imperial College, the then Education Minister Elizabeth Truss challenged the relatively low take-up of mathematical subjects post-16, in relation to other countries internationally. She announced amendments to the school and college performance tables in which data relating to girls’ and boys’ participation in mathematical and scientific subjects at A level is now to be published annually. The 2014/15 data revealed that, for state school students who had chosen to do A levels, 37.2% of boys chose to do Mathematics, compared to only 18.1% of girls; for Further Mathematics the figures were 7.0% and 1.9% respectively.
Individual school and college data and regional variations for the 2012-13 academic year, 2013-14 academic year, 2014-15 academic year and 2015-16 academic year are accessible via the Maths and Science tables on the DfE website.
The disparity in participation rates in mathematics and science post-16 has initiated the Your Life campaign. A growing number of organisations have pledged to take practical steps to ensure more students participate in mathematics, physics, engineering and technological study and enter careers in these fields.
The FMSP has been superseded by the AMSP