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Logic call


I am a maths teacher at a large secondary school. I am married to a structural engineer, and have a civil engineering degree myself.

I have followed with interest the debate about whether or not engineers need maths A level. The importance of maths at A level is not so much to do with the content of the course, but the way it trains students to think logically and apply a wide range of skills to solving a problem. It also trains them to be accurate in calculations and to set out a logical argument.

Students with a good GCSE are certainly numerate, but A level develops a more mature approach to problem solving that I consider to be essential to the work of an engineer.

Alison Jackson, Kenilworth School, Warwickshire

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