A group of teenagers in the UK is to be taught by Chinese teachers in a new BBC documentary assessing the impact of education practices imported from Shanghai.
Fifty 13-year-olds are to spend half a term being taught English, Science and Maths by some of China's best teachers. Pupils' progress will be measured against a similar group of school children who continue to receive a British-style education.
The aim of the programme is to see whether youngsters in Britain are able to perform well under the rigorous Chinese education system and compete on a global scale. The project will be monitored and measured by education specialists.
China's pupils have consistently performed well in international rankings. In 2013, Shanghai came top of the overall Programme for International Student Assessment rankings, occupying number one spot in reading, maths and science.
The government has set up an exchange programme to enable UK teachers to learn from their Chinese counterparts in order to raise education standards.
Posted by Harriet McGowan