England – China: Key Facts

  • 59 primary teachers from Shanghai, in two waves, spent three weeks teaching in English schools, in a variety of year groups
  • 47 primary schools, across 32 Maths Hub areas, hosted one, or two, Shanghai teachers.
  • The Shanghai teachers’ presence here was not an end in itself. It was the start of a long-term research project, across all of the Maths Hubs, to investigate ways in which mastery approaches can be introduced to maths lessons, to the way teachers design lessons, and to how schools organise time-tables, and the deployment of teachers and teaching assistants.
  • In a parallel project, in around 60 different primary schools, the Maths Hubs are investigating ways in which the use of a high quality textbook can improve both pupil learning and teacher professional development.   
  • A second exchange, between secondary schools maths teachers, and their counterparts in Shanghai, will take place in the school year 2015/2016