Experts to visit Shanghai to raise UK maths standards

Two Primary Mastery for mathematics specialist from NW1 Maths Hub will be departing on the 5th November for a professional teacher exchange to Shanghai, China. It has been recognised that Shanghai Schools perform well in mathematics in both primary and secondary schools.

This is the third exchange program with China for NW1. Departing for China this week are colleagues Ms Hagsharfi (St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Manchester) and Ms Ellithorn (Lowercroft Primary School, Bury), who will be part of a group of 70 English primary school teachers participating in this exchange as part of an on-going research project.

The National Maths Hubs Programme is coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The key objectives of this long term project are to create an opportunity to share good practice, so that colleagues from each country will work closely together, teaching classes, planning lessons and reflecting jointly on their experiences.

Simon Mazumder, NW1 Maths Hub Lead, said: “This has been an excellent experience for all colleagues concerned to date. Chorlton Park Primary, our first exchange school, uses many of the practices shared in their classrooms and Cheadle Hulme High School have used their experiences in developing expertise in many of the NW1 Maths Hubs secondary school projects.”

“The impact of this project so far across all the schools involved is very positive. I am confident that both Fiona and Dianne will bring back very valuable experiences that will enhance their roles as Primary Mastery Specialists in maths in the Greater Manchester area. It is important to add that the Chinese colleagues who have visited us thus far have also benefited for this exchange, taking away many ideas to enhance their own practice.”


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