This is great that the government are doing something to improve English and Maths, but I think it should be tackled when children are younger!
The compulsory age for education will rise to 18 in 2015, which is great due to the fact we are living longer. I believe, this extra time should be used to get young adults ready for the real world, teaching them independent skills if they are not going on to A levels or an apprenticeship. Students that have difficulties with the foundation skills should in my option be helped sooner,even if this means taken them out of other subjects or staying back for after school lessons, funded with the money that the government would use for the above subject. But then it’s for me to easy, I’m not a teacher so don’t see the everyday, I work alongside teachers showing them resources they can use and breaking down the barriers, making Maths Marvellous!
I welcome your point of view, even if it is just devil’s advocate!