31 January 2018
The NCETM welcomes the government announcement that the successful teacher exchange between schools in England and Shanghai, run by Maths Hubs, is to be extended for at least two further years: 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. This will mean the exchange, launched in autumn 2014, will run in six consecutive years.
The announcement of funding to support this extension was made by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on a visit to China.
Each year, around 70 teachers from English schools, two from each Maths Hub area, travel to Shanghai in the autumn term and, later in the school year, host their partner teachers from Shanghai for a two-week visit in their schools in England. When the Shanghai teachers teach maths lessons in English schools, Maths Hubs organise ‘showcase’ events so that local teachers can observe and ask questions about the teaching approach. This year, across the Maths Hubs Network, these events have attracted several thousand teachers.
So far, since 2014, there have been three exchanges of primary teachers and one of secondary teachers. The new funding will enable exchanges in the next two years to involve both primary and secondary teachers.
Welcoming the announcement, the NCETM Director, Charlie Stripp, said:
'The maths teacher exchange with Shanghai, since it began in 2014, has proved immensely valuable for both primary and secondary teachers in English schools. Teachers here have worked closely with their Chinese counterparts and have seen, at first hand, the effectiveness of Shanghai maths teaching approaches, and how well the approaches can work with English children in English schools. This has led to increasing numbers of schools in England starting to implement approaches that have proved successful in China. As a result, teachers are reporting that pupils in schools across England are developing a deeper understanding of maths that will serve them well in the future. This extension to the exchange programme will enable the NCETM and Maths Hubs to expand and deepen that work.’