As part of the England – China Teacher Exchange programme funded by the DfE, The GLOW Maths Hub were delighted to host Chenqi Wu (Sally) and Xiaoqi Kuang (Jerry) from Shanghai at Woodmancote Primary School, Cheltenham, for two weeks between 6th and 16th November.

Mrs McCormack from Woodmancote Primary School and Mr Mitchell from Glenfall Primary School had visited Sally and Jerry in Shanghai earlier in the term. Having had such a stimulating and enriching experience observing and discussing maths provision in the Shanghai schools, both teachers were looking forward to engaging Sally and Jerry in the reciprocal part of the exchange through having them work in Y2 & Y4 at Woodmancote Primary School.

The following quotes from feedback summarise the feel of the exchange and indeed the Shangahi Live Experience

  • ‘It was great to experience the context in which Shanghai teachers work first-hand, rather than reading the theory’
  • ‘Loved the insight into Shanghai Maths and Sally’s demonstration – really effective’
  • ‘I found the Shanghai teacher’s lesson really thought-provoking’

In summary, a successful exchange visit which allowed colleagues from across the region to engage in some detailed and transformational discussions; which will allow maths provision to be revised to ensure pupils have a deep and secure mathematical understanding of the maths curriculum giving them mathematical tools for life.