As many as 60 teachers from Shanghai will be brought to England in order to raise standards of maths, the Department for Education has announced.
The teachers will head up 30 centres of excellence where they will deliver maths masterclasses.
According to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Pisa tests, the city of Shanghai boasts the highest competency in maths in the world. The OECD also suggest that on average, even the poorest children living in the Shanghai have greater maths skills than middle class children in the UK.
Poor levels of numeracy cost the UK economy £20 billion every year and education minister Elizabeth Truss believes this scheme will help to address this issue. The education minister highlighted the fact that good maths qualifications offer strong protection against unemployment and have the highest earning potential.