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England – Shanghai Teacher Exchange 2018-19

A teacher from Holy Rosary and St Annes Catholic Primary School in Leeds has been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.

Grainne Tierney is among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hub programme. Holy Rosary and St Annes Catholic Primary School is working with the Yorkshire and Humber Maths Hub.

The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in Grainne’s school, and in local partner schools she will be working with during the school year (2018-2019) and all schools in the region.

This is one part of what is called the Teaching for Mastery Programme, run by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) in conjunction with the Maths Hubs programme.

The group of teachers, all of whom completed the Mastery Specialists programme within their Maths Hubs last year, will be visiting Shanghai in November this year, and hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in January 2019.

There are 35 Maths Hubs, spread across England, each led by a school with a record of high achievement in maths and of supporting improvements in maths teaching and learning in neighbouring schools.

This is the fifth teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs programme was launched in autumn 2014.

For more information, see the maths hubs website.

England / China Exchange Open Classrooms 18/19

The aim of the Open Classroom event is to give you an insight into Teaching for Mastery and for those teachers that have taken part in a Work Group, the opportunity to observe the skill and experience of the Shanghai teachers in action.

At the event you will:

  • Hear some key information about Teaching for Mastery.
  • Be given a brief overview of the sequence of prior lessons.
  • See the Chinese teachers deliver a lesson to a class of English students.
  • Hear the rationale for the lesson from the Chinese teachers.
  • Take part in a discussion after the lesson regarding the teaching approach.

Several thousand teachers across England have already been part of this immensely valuable opportunity.

This academic year, the Shanghai Open Classroom events will be held in January 2019 in Leeds at Holy Rosary and St Annes Catholic Primary School.

Register your interest

Complete the form here.

Session 1 - Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Starting at 9:00am until 11:15am
Session 2 - Thursday 24th January 2019 Starting at 9:00am until 11:15am

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