Tom Collins from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Guildford and Nicci Bailey from Hook Junior School have been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.
Tom and Nicci are among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs programme. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Hook Junior School are working with the Surrey Plus Maths Hub.
The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Hook Junior School, and in local partner schools that Tom and Nicci will be working with during the school year 2016-17.
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.
In July this year, the School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, announced £41m of funding for the Teaching for Mastery programme over the next four school years.
The group of teachers, all of whom completed the Mastery Specialists programme within their Maths Hubs last year, will be visiting Shanghai in the first half of November this year, and hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in late November/early December.
This is the third teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs programme was launched in autumn 2014.