Two Mathematics Teachers from two schools in Shanghai, China have arrived for a two-week period teaching maths in English schools. They are visiting Millbrook Primary School in Grove, one of the Vale Academy Trust’s five academies, for the first of those two weeks.
Mr Wang and Miss Wei will be working and teaching alongside Katie Mallinson, a teacher from Millbrook Primary School, who went on a research visit to Mr Wang and Miss Wei’s schools in Shanghai earlier this month.
The exchange is part of a long-term project, run as part of the Maths Hubs Programme, to help teachers in English schools introduce mastery approaches to teaching maths in their schools.
Jane Ratcliffe, Headteacher at Millbrook said: “We are delighted that Millbrook School has been selected to take part and look forward to the discussions that will follow as part of this quite exceptional professional development opportunity for our staff.”
A number of Heads, teachers and governor representatives from across Oxfordshire joined staff at Millbrook to witness a “live” maths lesson taking place with a group of Year 3 pupils. At the end of the week a “Thank You and Farewell Tea” is planned for the Chinese visitors, with staff and pupils recording their thanks in a special book for the teachers to take back to China, along with a gift from the school.
This is the third such exchange is being run as part of the National Maths Hubs programme, funded by the DfE, and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).
Simon Spiers, Chief Executive of the Vale Academy Trust, commented: “It has been delightful having the two Chinese teachers working in one of our Trust schools and it has been a privilege to be part of this programme”.