BTSA SLE heads to Shanghai in a prestigious teacher exchange

Julie Gallimore, a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) at BTSA, from St Edward’s Academy school in Leek, has been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai. Julie is among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs programme.

The purpose of the visit

The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in St Edward’s Academy school, and in local partner schools she will be working with during the school year (2016/2017). This is one part of what is called 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. They will then be hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in November/December or in January 2017.

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 third teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs programme was launched in autumn 2014. For more information, please visit the Maths Hub website.

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