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Primary school maths teacher exchange launched

05/11/2014 Joanna
A government initiative to improve maths standards in England's primary schools using methods from Shanghai is being launched this week.

Teachers from the Chinese city are to be placed in primary schools around the country, where they will share their world-class approach to the subject.

Methods they will use include 'teaching to the top', which reinforces expectations that all students are capable of achieving high standards, and rapid intervention to prevent pupils falling behind.

Some 29 teachers are to spend three weeks in selected primary schools, working in partnership with their local maths hub, led by a school selected for its high-quality maths teaching and subject specialism. 

Primary level education is the focus of this initiative as it reflects the emphasis teachers in Shanghai place on establishing core skills at a young age, providing a solid grounding for them to move on to more advanced concepts.

Schools reform minister Nick Gibb said: "Shanghai currently leads the way in maths performance and there is no reason why our children cannot achieve the same high standards. 

"This innovative exchange programme enables our teachers to develop their professional skills alongside those from the most successful education system in the world."

Forming part of the government's maths hub programme, the exchange will enable the Chinese educators to lead master-classes and training sessions with other local schools so they can pass on their expertise to teachers in the UK.

The latest initiative follows the visit of 71 maths teachers from England to Shanghai in September, where they attended high-performing schools and colleges across the region.

After spending two weeks observing the Chinese system and exchanging ideas with their peers, they were able to identify elements that would work well in English schools, and many have adjusted their teaching methods accordingly.

A further 34 primary maths teachers from Shanghai will visit England in early 2015, while another phase of the exchange, focusing on secondary schools, is to take place in the autumn and spring terms of the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

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