City school launches new maths hub

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A SCHOOL in Portsmouth has become one of 32 in the country to launch a new Asian style maths hub.

The Mary Rose Academy has launched the new hub as part of the government’s bid to match the standards achieved in top-performing East Asian countries — including Japan, Singapore and Shanghai.

The scheme is backed by £11m funding from the Department for Education and will be accessible to all schools.

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said: ‘There is no reason why children in England cannot achieve the same standards in maths as those in Japan, Singapore and China.

‘We put in more resources in England than in these countries and we have the best generation of teachers ever.

‘Yet our children are two to three years behind by the age of 15.

‘We must learn from the systematic practice of these high achieving countries, who are constantly seeking to improve.

‘Maths hubs will bring this approach to all parts of the country and all schools will be able to benefit.’