Shanghai Teachers visit SJT

Sir John Talbot’s School in Whitchurch recently played host to a couple of special guests from Shanghai. As part of the second leg of the secondary exchange, two teachers have spent just over a week at the school, working with staff in the Maths Shanghai Teachersdepartment. This visit, follows a trip made by Pauline Roberts, Assistant Headteacher at Sir John Talbot’s School in Whitchurch, to Shanghai in China in September. The main aim of her visit was to explore, in detail, how maths is taught in schools in Shanghai and begin to explore ways in which elements of the Shanghai teaching approach might be introduced in lessons in England.

Representing The Marches Academy Trust, Sir John Talbot’s School participated in the exchange, as part of a two-year research project. The project is run by the national Maths Hubs programme, coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

In the first year of the project, school year 2014/2015, a similar exchange took place, between primary school teachers and their counterparts in Shanghai, with the aim of exploring ways in which new teaching approaches could be introduced in English schools to help students acquire mastery (deep understanding) of mathematics. This year’s secondary exchange has similar aims, adjusted to the context of helping students in the first three years of secondary education to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

The Chinese teachers spent 8 days at the school, observing, planning and delivering lessons.

Mrs Roberts, commented, “We have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the England-Shanghai Mathematics Teacher Exchange project. We have extended our learning on the mastery style of teaching and the variation techniques for which Shanghai is renowned. We will develop this further within The Marches Academy Trust as we continue our work on this programme in collaboration with our colleagues in the Maths Hub and the NCETM”.

Sarah Longville, Executive Headteacher of The Marches Academy Trust, added, “This has been an excellent experience, which will enable students across the Trust to benefit from the latest methods of teaching Maths.”

Posted by marchesadmin on 18th November 2015, under Uncategorized


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