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Asian-style Maths Lessons Coming To Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 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."

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