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Primary schools to use Chinese teaching methods

14/07/2016 Kelly

As improvements continue to be made to UK education, half of British primary schools will now adopt the traditional Chinese method of maths teaching in a bid to keep up with the skills of children in Asia.

This new method will see children from the age of five practising sums and exercises, mastering each concept through repetition before moving on to the next.

Teachers from 8,000 primary schools are set to receive training in this new style of teaching. The government has pledged £41 million of funding in order to provide textbooks and train two teachers from each of the participating schools, although opting in to the scheme is voluntary.

Instead of the UK's current approach of separating classes up depending on ability, the new method will mean that most classes will be taught to all students together.

Speaking of the progression in UK education, schools minister Nick Gibb stated: "We are seeing a renaissance in maths teaching in this country, with good ideas from around the world helping to enliven our classrooms."

The scheme has had positive responses for many in the educational sector. James Bowen, director of NAHT Edge, a union for middle school leaders, said: "Part of the success of maths teaching in countries like China and Singapore comes from the respect in which they hold teachers and the time they give them to plan and prepare. If the government wanted to import these practices, too, we wouldn’t object."

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