Warning for ministers over Shanghai ‘myth’

The claim that all China’s students perform well in mathematics is a “myth”, ministers have been warned.

It comes as the Department for Education (DfE) unveiled a new maths programme in partnership with China.

After returning from a visit to the country, education minister Elizabeth Truss said that the DfE is to create 30 regional maths hubs to help schools improve teaching and that up to 60 teachers from China are to come to the centres from this autumn.

She said the move would mean “our teachers can learn from their techniques – teaching to the top, helping struggling pupils one-on-one, daily maths lessons, homework and feedback”. Also, two “leading” English maths teachers from each hub will spend up to a year working in schools in China.

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