Collins Learning will publish a new a series of maths textbooks for use in UK schools, Shanghai Maths, based on the system used in China.
Last autumn, schools minister Nick Gibb controversially criticised UK education publishers for their textbook offer and urged them to emulate the high-quality textbooks of Shanghai, Singapore and Finland.
Collins' Shanghai Maths series will be a resource which covers the entire UK curriculum, from years one to 11. To produce the series, Collins has worked with Professor Lianghuo Fan to translate and adapt the Shanghai Maths programme One Lesson, One Exercise, published by East China Normal University Press, so that it correlates with the UK National Curriculum.
The Shanghai Maths textbooks have been used in Shanghai schools for the past 24 years. Professor Fan said: "The series will help students lay a strong foundation, nurture deep learning and develop problem solving skills in mathematics."
In 2012, Shanghai was top in maths according to the Programme for International Student Assessment survey, whereas the UK was in 26th place. Two groups of government ministers, along with teachers and other education professionals have visited the city in the past 12 months to find out more about local maths teaching.
Collins Learning m.d. Colin Hughes said: "We are delighted to be working with Professor Fan and East China Normal University Press to adapt their world-leading content for UK students. We believe this collaboration can make a significant contribution to raising young peoples’ mathematics performance – which, as we all know, is essential to their future success in learning, and in life."
Shanghai Maths will be published in summer 2015.
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