Trial of Chinese-style maths lessons in English schools to be expanded

Aug 13, 2015 by

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Schools minister Nick Gibb hails controversial experiment as one of the most successful things the Department for Education has done

A controversial government experiment introducing Chinese-style maths lessons in English schools looks set to expand after being hailed by a minister as one of the most successful things the Department for Education has done.

Schools minister Nick Gibb, who is hoping to fly out to Shanghai in February to learn more about Chinese teaching methods, described the results of the pioneering experiment as incredible, with less-able children faring particularly well.

A group of secondary school teachers from a selection of English schools is preparing to travel to Shanghai next month, following an earlier visit by primary school teachers who watched Chinese teachers in action.

“When that’s brought to England and the approach has been tried in English schools, it’s been hugely successful,” said Gibb. “Teachers have been pleasantly surprised by how much some of the less-able children are achieving in maths as a consequence of this approach.”

Shanghai teachers use a whole-class, “mastery” approach, which involves teaching children of all ability every minute step of a calculation. Thirty Chinese teachers have also been flown to the UK to demonstrate their technique in English primary school classrooms.

Source: Trial of Chinese-style maths lessons in English schools to be expanded | Education | The Guardian

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