Suzanne Mathews is among only 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs programme. Gorse Hill Primary School, part of The White Horse Federation Multi-Academy Trust, is working with the Boolean Maths Hub.
The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in Suzanne Mathews’ school, and in local partner schools she will be working with during the school year (2017-2018).
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 last 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 September this year, and hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in during November or in some cases early 2018.
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 fourth teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs programme was launched in autumn 2014.