The Mathematical Association welcomes the introduction of the Advanced Maths Premium to encourage and support post-16 providers to maintain, promote and expand their Level 3 mathematics offers for the benefit of their students. This additional funding is available to institutions that succeed in enrolling “additional” students on Level 3 mathematics courses in autumn 2018 compared to the average enrolled in 2015/16 and 2016/17. Unfortunately, enrolment to A level mathematics courses peaked in the years selected for comparison so many providers may not actually go on to receive additional funding. That said, we believe this initiative will incentivise providers to supplement their programmes with a Core Maths course and encourage them not to cancel A level mathematics or further mathematics courses even when numbers initially appear unviable. It is pleasing to hear that the list of eligible qualifications will be expanded in due course to include A level statistics.
Guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-funding-advanced-maths-premium