Miss Elvin and Miss Thirlwall are currently taking part in an exchange trip to Shanghai in China.
The purpose of the trip is to find out in detail how maths is taught in schools there, and begin to explore ways in which elements of the Shanghai teaching approach might be introduced into lessons in England.
They are part of a group of more than 60 English secondary school maths teachers participating in an exchange as part of a two year research project. The project is run by the national Maths Hubs Programme coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and funded by the Department for Education (DfE).
In the first year of the project, school year 2014-15, a similar exchange took place between primary school teachers and their counterparts in Shanghai, with the aim of exploring ways in which new teaching approaches can be introduced in English schools to help pupils acquire mastery (deep understanding) of mathematics.
This year’s secondary exchange has similar aims, adjusted to the context of helping students in the first three years of secondary education deepen their understanding of mathematics.
Miss Elvin and Miss Thirlwall (pictured below with colleagues from Shanghai) will be there until the 18th September and then Maltby Academy will host a return visit for two colleagues from Shanghai in early November.
If you have any questions about the national England China project, or the National Maths Hubs programme, project, please call Steve McCormack, NCETM Communications Director on 07799 285031.