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A study has found that England's most able youngsters, make less progress in maths, than their peers abroad.
Compared to 12 other countries, including Singapore, Japan and Russia, researchers have called for more focus on children's maths skills from an early age.
The report said "cultural and social factors" could be behind strong scores in East Asian countries, with education more highly valued, from higher salaries to heavy investment.
Shadow schools minister Kevin Brennan has accused Michael Gove of having the "wrong priorities".
A report out today has highlighted a knowledge gap between English and East Asian pupils in maths.
A report has found that even the brightest pupils in England are falling behind in maths, from the age of 10.
Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said the report was a "damning indictment of Labour's record on education."
England's cleverest pupils match peers from leading East Asian countries in maths until the age of 10, but are two years behind by the age of 16.
New research has found that even the brightest youngsters are behind pupils in nations such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, suggesting more needs to be done to keep them apace.
The Institute of Education, University of London used results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
It concluded that the gap widens between the ages of ten and 16.