A second phase of the Shanghai maths teacher exchange has been launched, with the aim of driving up standards in the subject.
Teachers from the Chinese city are to spend three weeks in selected UK primary schools, working in partnership with their local maths hub, led by a school chosen for its high-quality maths teaching and subject specialism.
In Shanghai, educators place a strong emphasis on establishing core skills at a young age to give pupils a solid grounding in the subject before they move on to more advanced concepts.
The teacher-led exchange is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Department for Education and the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, the world's highest-performing maths jurisdiction.
In November last year, 29 maths teachers spent a month working closely with their counterparts in primary schools across England.
A number of benefits have already been realised, with techniques such as spending longer on topics before moving on and whole-class teaching helping to raise standards in education.
Masterclasses and training sessions with other local schools will also be held by the Chinese educators, so more teachers can benefit directly from their expertise.
Schools reform minister Nick Gibb said: "The Shanghai approach - with children taught as a whole class, building depth of understanding of the structure of mathematics, supported by the use of high-quality textbooks - is proving a hit in those schools in the country where it’s been tried. And standards of maths in these schools are rising rapidly."
In September 2014, 71 top maths teachers from across England travelled to Shanghai to observe teaching methods in high-performing schools and colleges across the region.
Secondary maths teaching is to be the focus of a further phase of the exchange, which is set to take place in the autumn and spring terms of the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
Posted by Alan Douglas