Maths lessons are seen as difficult, irrelevant and boring by about a third of teenagers, a survey suggests.
Some of the school pupils surveyed for vocational training providers City & Guilds also called for the subject to be geared more towards real life.
But most agreed that maths would be useful once they had left school.
Chris Jones of City & Guilds said: "We are not saying maths should be dumbed down, but it needs to be more relevant to the real world."
Researchers for City and Guilds interviewed 3,000 school pupils aged from seven to 18 on their attitudes to employment and beliefs about future employment prospects.