Michael Gove: Mathematics for every 16 to 18 year old

In today’s Written Ministerial Statement Reforming Young People’s Education [if the file at the Parliament’s webpage is still corrupted, try  this one]  the Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove MP) said, among other things:

[E]every 16 to 19 year old will have the opportunity to undertake high quality study which will help students move on to skilled work or further or higher education. Young people will be able to take up valuable work experience opportunities. Students without a good pass at 16 in English and maths – the subjects most valued by employers – will have to continue to study those subjects to age 18. We will publish data for each institution showing whether students progressed into work and further or higher education.

Petition: Turing for Tenner

A petition to put Alan Turing on  £10 note; the epetitions page.

“Alan Turing is a national hero. His contribution to computer science, and hence to the life of the nation and the world, is incalculable.” The ripple-effect of his theories on modern life continues to grow, and may never stop. The current Bank of England £10 notes are Series E, but Series F notes are already in circulation for some denominations. We therefore call upon the Treasury to request the Bank of England to consider depicting Alan Turing when Series F £10 banknotes are designed.”

A related post: Alan Turing and the bullying of Britain’s geeks.