13th July 2016

More than half of English primary schools are to receive £41m in funding over 4 years to adopt maths mastery as announced by Schools Minister Nick Gibb. This is used by schools in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The funding will pay for an initial 700 teachers to be trained to support schools in maths mastery, together with paying for textbooks. It will also be used to fund teacher release so teachers can be trained.

Maths mastery involves children being taught as a whole class, building depth of understanding of the structure of maths, supported by the use of high-quality textbooks, and began being used in England in 2014.

The maths mastery approach is marked by careful planning, ensuring no pupil’s understanding is left to chance. It is already used in a number of England’s schools following a pioneering teacher exchange programme between England and Shanghai led by a network of maths hubs.

Recent international tests show that the percentage of 15-year-olds who are ‘functionally innumerate’ in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore - unable to perform basic calculations - was more than 10 percentage points lower than in England.

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