Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Asian-style Maths Lessons Coming To Cornwall
7:05am 1st July 2014
Could Cornwall plus China equal better maths lessons for our children?
Teachers from Shanghai are being brought in to help boost pupils' skills.
Truro and Penwith College is one of thirty places in the country testing the scheme.
It will mean daily lessons which concentrate on the basics, such as times tables and long division.
The £11m government scheme will mean specialist teachers in a bid to boost skills.
Education minister Liz Truss said: "Our children when they get to aged 15 are two to three years behind children in east Asia when it comes to Maths.
"I think we can do just as well as them. I think they have some excellent systematic techniques and I think they use their time very efficiently.
"How do you get across those difficult concepts to children - like fractions or multiplying fractions, learning the times tables early on, or being able to do long division? How do you get those concepts across really well to children have a strong foundation in the basics?"
Julian Elliot is a professor of education at Durham University. He said: "It's highly unlikely, in my opinion, that many families in the UK will be willing to put their children through the same kinds of ordeals that children in those kinds of societies have to have.
"It is a mistake to believe we can emulate the same level of performance when we're not working as hard."7:05am 1st July 2014
Share This StoryTweet
PHOTOS: Newquay Human Remains Identified
Cornwall News: The discovery was made at Tregurrian last year
Sky News poll: Britons back exit from the EU single market
National News: A narrow majority of the public support the UK leaving the EU single market, according to a new Sky Data poll.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
Jamiroquai tease comeback with sample of first album in seven years
Showbiz News: Jamiroquai have announced their comeback "to a planet near you", teasing fans with the release of their first new music in seven years.
Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open
Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.
'Where's Wally' fugitive hands himself in to police live on Facebook
Strange News: A man who changed his Facebook profile picture to Where's Wally as he was being pursued by police has handed himself in, live on social media.
UPDATED: Woman Dies After Being Found In Newquay Street
Cornwall News: 53 year old local woman had suffered a head injury
Cornish Lorry Driver Admits Causing Death By Dangerous Driving
Cornwall News: Two charity cyclists died on the A30 after being hit by the truck