Government: We are 'clearing up Labour's mess'

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."

This Government is clearing up Labour's mess. Our reforms - tougher discipline, more rigorous exams, more freedom for headteachers, a more demanding curriculum and higher quality teaching - will drive up standards so our pupils have a first-class education that matches the best in the world.

– Elizabeth Truss, Education Minister

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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.