18 September 2017

Erdington teacher heads to China for lessons in Maths Mastery

A teacher from Slade Primary School in Erdington has been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.

Clare Williams, who flew to China over the weekend, is among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs programme. Slade Primary school is working with the Central Maths Hub.

The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in Clare’s school, and in local partner schools she will be working with during the school year 2017-2018.

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.

Clare said:

I’m really excited to be visiting Shanghai, observing maths lessons and finding out more about this innovative programme. We’re fully committed to Maths Mastery at Slade and across our wider Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) and I look forward to seeing this in action in China.”

Funding for the four-year programme, amounting to £41m, was announced 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, are visiting Shanghai this month, and hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in November this year or in January 2018.

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 fourth teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs programme was launched in autumn 2014.

For more information, see www.mathshubs.org.uk or contact steve.mccormack@ncetm.org.uk