UK-China Education Research and Innovation Project Exchange Programme
Stratford School Academy Maths teachers, Ms. Mahroof and Mr.Kibria visited Shanghai for a fortnight along with 68 other teachers from across the UK to visit Chinese teachers as part of the Maths Hub National Collaborative Project: England- China Education Research and Innovation Project Exchange Programme.
The Exchange is a key activity of the Maths Hub programme, which is funded by the Department for Education and led and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
The aim of the project was to develop a deep understanding of how maths is taught for mastery in the equivalent of KS3 classes in Shaghai; to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to attune and align with those of their Shanghai counterparts and finally, to implement successfully some of the Shanghai structural and pedagogical approaches in our KS3 classes back at Stratford School Academy.
Teaching for mastery ensures that students have a deep conceptual understanding, rather than just procedural fluency; i.e students understand WHY as well as knowing what to do in a situation.
“I was fortunate enough to be part of this nationwide project and was really impressed by some of the aspects of the Shanghai approach of teaching Mathematics concepts.
One of the main aspects was how well they train their students by encouraging them to do the higher order thinking skills by emphasising on only one concept in a lesson and exploring different types and levels of questions, clarifying misconceptions before they are met. These are achieved by working alongside the school’s Maths teachers in a carefully planned and supervised programme called Teacher Research Programme. We are hoping to research elements of the Shanghai approach to teaching Maths that may be implemented in English school settings. ” Ms Mahroof- Head of Maths.
“It was a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe and co-plan lessons, provide feedback and discuss and share best practice of mathematical teaching and learning, with Shanghai teachers who are part of the best educational system in the world.(Shanghai are ranked 1st in the world for Maths, Science and Reading, Pisa 2012). It’s been a truly eye-opening experience.” Mr Kibria.
Stratford School Academy’s Maths Department will be welcoming two maths teachers from Shanghai, for the return exchange part of the project. The teachers will be hosting and teaching Mathematics to our KS3 classes, Shanghai style!