'Cultural and social factors' behind maths skills gap

A study has found that England's most able youngsters, make less progress in maths, than their peers abroad.

Overall English children are behind in their maths knowledge Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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.

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Pupils 'fall behind' in maths

England's cleverest pupils match peers from leading East Asian countries in maths at the age of 10, but are two years behind at the age of 16.