You may remember that Miss Napier went on a DFE(Department ofEducation) exchange trip to Shanghai in November. We are very excited that our two link teachers in Shanghai begin their two week visit to us on Monday. The purpose of the exchange is to learn more about the very effective methods used to teach mathematics in Shanghai and to share this practice with teachers across the South West. During the first week Mrs Bai and Mrs Cheng will be getting to know and teach Dragonfly class and Dandelion Class and our teachers and support staff will have the opportunity to watch the lessons and take part in discussions about them. In the second week of the exchange we will be welcoming teachers from across the South West to come to Showcase sessions. It looks as if we may up upwards of 100 teachers coming on some mornings. We are in contact with the BBC at the moment and hope to also feature on Points West – we will keep you updated when we know more.
This is one part of 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, and funded by the DfE. Funding for this four-year programme was launched in July 2016. The group of teachers, all of whom have completed training as Mastery Specialists in a programme run by the NCETM and Maths Hubs, visited Shanghai in late November/early December 2018, and are 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 www.mathshubs.org.uk