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Niki teaching at Bristol Met

Shanghai teachers working with CLF

Bristol academy maths exchange part of DfE Maths Hubs Programme

Posted by Stephanie Broad | December 06, 2015 | Teaching

Two teachers from Shanghai are spending three weeks teaching maths at Bristol Metropolitan Academy, part of the Cabot Learning Federation. 

Niki and Vicki will be working and teaching alongside Mansukh Mann, Bristol Met Maths teacher, who took part in a research visit to in Shanghai in September this year. This visit has been organised and supported by the Boolean Maths Hub.

Teachers from across the hub region have been invited to take part in immersion days, which include lesson observations and Teacher Research Groups (TRG) at Bristol Metropolitan Academy enabling them to witness Shanghai teaching in action and be supported in adapting their own practice towards teaching for mastery. 

The exchange forms part of one of the national projects of the Maths Hubs Programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). This workgroup is designed to help English teachers of Mathematics understand and implement some of the key elements of Shanghai maths teaching that have proved so effective in helping school pupils in Shanghai reach levels of attainment far ahead of their counterparts in England and the rest of the world. 

Vicki teaching at Bristol Met

This is the second year of the National Maths Hubs programme, funded by the DfE, with the previous year’s exchange focusing on primary mathematics. Thirty-five Maths Hubs have been established across England to bring about improvements in maths education for school and college pupils of all ages. The Boolean Maths Hub region starts at the top of South Gloucestershire and ends in Glastonbury and includes Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire. 

Lisa Pollard, Lead of the Boolean Maths Hub, said: “I’m excited and honoured to be leading one of the National Maths Hubs and a project of this importance and prestige. This is a rare opportunity to come and see Shanghai teachers expertly teaching their carefully crafted lessons and to understand the principles and pedagogy behind them. With the new maths curriculum balancing procedural fluency and conceptual understanding, the removal of levels, and with Ofsted supporting the idea that most pupils move at the same pace; this project from the Maths Hubs Programme is significant to the foci of maths education.”    

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