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Watch: Could Shanghai-style maths lessons come to the North West?

We're frequently warned that the UK's lagging behind other leading countries when in comes to education, particularly maths.

Only this week a survey of 15-year-olds revealed we're slipping down the international league table, while nations from the Far East forge ahead.

Could it all be to do with the way maths is taught? And what would happen when a visiting teacher from China gave a lesson Shanghai-style to ten and 11-year-olds in Greater Manchester.

Questions Tim Scott's been trying to answer:

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A class of Year 6 children in are being taught maths Chinese-style by a visiting teacher from Shanghai.

Its part of a £41m Government scheme called the Mastery project, aimed at enabling kids to ''master'' maths.

The pupils, from Arlies Primary School in Stalybridge, are being taught in the school's main hall with about 100 other teachers sitting at the back of the class.

The staff will be able to see the difference between conventional UK maths teaching and maths teaching Shanghai style, which involves use of visual imagery.


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