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TV Carol makes maths suggestions

A new study has called for all pupils in English schools to be taught maths as far as the age of 18.

Former Countdown co-host Carol Vorderman led the review, which was commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron and Michael Gove, the education secretary.

The report found that only 15 per cent of pupils study maths after their GCSEs, compared to 100 per cent in the majority of the developed world, leaving nearly a quarter of adults "functionally innumerate".

The study said the current system is failing pupils and claims many primary school teachers are not able to teach the subject.

The review also reported that employers and higher education establishments have complained about school leavers lacking the maths skills they would need.

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