Maths tips from Shanghai to Doncaster

Outwood Academy, Doncaster
Outwood Academy, Doncaster

A unique maths project linking teachers from England and Shanghai together is being trialled in a Doncaster school.

As part of the National Maths Hub programme, two school teachers from Shanghai are here to spend three weeks sharing their expertise with staff and pupils at Outwood Academy Adwick.

Xiaoyi Qiu and Yi Wu will work and teach alongside Mark Crossley, who visited Shanghai with other teachers on a research visit to Jianping Secondary School in September this year.

The exchange is part of a project funded by the Department for Education, to help English teachers understand and implement some of the key elements of Shanghai maths teaching.

Methods used there are highly effective and see school pupils in Shanghai reach levels of attainment far ahead of their counterparts in England and the rest of the world.

It is the first project being run as part of the National Maths Hubs programme, that is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

A total 32 Maths Hubs have been established across England in a bid to bring about improvements in maths education for school and college pupils of all ages. Fifteen of them will host Shanghai visitors this month.

The Outwood Academy party was welcomed last week, and in their honour, the academy’s reception area was decorated with dragons and wall graphics.

The Shanghai approach, which exemplifies what is known as mastery teaching, keeps a whole class working together on the same material, makes effective use of high quality textbooks, and carries an expectation that all pupils will achieve well.

Charlie Stripp, Director of the NCETM said: “I am hugely impressed by the way maths is taught in Shanghai schools and I’m certain that primary school teachers, and pupils, in England can benefit from having teachers from Shanghai in their classrooms. The mastery approach fits well with the structure of our new maths National Curriculum.”