Champion meets China’s Supersize schools!
Just returned from central China where, as part of a team, we have been developing long term partnerships and sharing best practices in education. This project has enabled NW educationalists to study the education system in China, build effective partnerships and develop future opportunities for Liverpool schools to develop their cultural programme.
This is also a unique opportunity for schools to introduce Mandarin into their curriculum. Already in Liverpool, several schools have made trips to China and provided language classes to develop the skill. Schools in Liverpool, from Primary to Secondary, will have the opportunity to develop links with Chinese schools and establish cultural partnerships, with Headteachers and school management being given the opportunity to visit schools in China.
I am already in the process of organising a conference in the New Year for those wishing to expand their schools programmes, linking China with project based partnerships that support teaching and learning, English language, sports -especially football, teaching philosophy, the professional development of teachers and the exchange of teachers and students.
In the UK, foreign language A-levels are being dropped by sixth form colleges because not enough people want to study them. However there have been increases in students taking Arabic, Chinese and Italian at A-level and GCSE.
This Chinese cultural programme has been running for several years and is aiming to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a higher level of fluency by 2020.
Already Liverpool John Paul II School has established cooperation with one of China’s biggest schools. The Education Department of Sichuan Province University Experimental Middle school with 4,000 pupils will develop a learning partnership with the Liverpool school, based on school management issues and creative thinking.
This opportunity to globally reach out to another culture will help raise standards of learning, attainment and school improvement, giving teachers a professional development opportunity like no other. An opportunity to visit China’s pop-up cities, high tech infrastructure, advanced classroom practices and supersize schools is not to be missed.
After a visit to China, teachers will return with renewed enthusiasm, and a dynamic confidence, prepared to motivate and lead their schools to a higher level of attainment and show a glowing CPD portfolio of professional development gained through their comparative study and examination of Chinese educational practice.