Dr Colin Wright
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Teacher juggles balls to help pupils with mathematics

The ablest primary pupils in England almost match those in Taiwan and Hong Kong in maths but fall back by the time they are 16, according to the Institute of Education Research.

The top 10% of English secondary pupils also drop behind those in Australia, Scotland Slovenia and Norway, analysis of international test scores indicates.

Dr Colin Wright, a teacher who holds maths seminars for children across the UK and uses 'the mathematics of juggling' to help invoke the interest of young minds, gave a demonstration to the BBC.