New 'maths hubs' will make a real difference across Greenwich

Greenwich Conservatives have welcomed the news that several schools in the Royal Borough of Greenwich are to benefit from the government's new 'maths hub' scheme, the details of which were announced yesterday by the Department for Education.

Education minister (and former Eltham councillor) Liz Truss unveiled the new scheme, which will see 32 schools across England host Chinese teachers, who will offer "masterclasses" in the teaching of mathematics to other schools in their local areas. The £11 million programme is being developed with academics from Shanghai, the world's leading region for mathematics education in international tests, and the UK's National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

Amongst the 32 schools selected to take part in the programme are Thamesmead's Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys and The Harris Federation across London, which runs Eltham's Harris Academy Greenwich.

Cllr Mark Elliott, who co-ordinates the work of Conservative school governors in the borough, said: "This is great news for Greenwich. As Liz Truss said yesterday, there is absolutely no reason why children in England cannot achieve the same standards as those in Shanghai - and this new scheme will help us close the gap in maths attainment. That's important for children in Greenwich and across the country and will make a big difference towards enabling them to achieve their aspirations. As in all areas of an increasingly competitive, complex world, we must reach out to embrace new ideas and continue to innovate. We'll be watching this project closely."