Stalybridge school in Shanghai exchange programme
Monday 19th December 2016 @ 18:32 by Adam Higgins
Community News Stalybridge

A Stalybridge school has been chosen to take part in an exchange programme with additional benefits.

Arlies Primary played host to two teachers from Shanghai as part of an innovative national initiative that the Government hope will raise standards in maths.

The school was chosen to work with the teachers as part of the Asian ‘mastery’ approach to teaching maths which ensures no pupil’s understanding is left to chance.

In July, this year, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced the investment of £41 million, to be spread over the next four years, as part of the scheme.

Denise Heaton, Assistant head teacher at Arlies, was selected as one of only 140 Primary Mathematics Mastery Specialists to receive training from the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) under the watchful eye of director Debbie Morgan.

Miss Heaton visited Shanghai to see for herself how the teaching works in practice.

She admitted the trip had been a fantastic experience, especially as she got to see around 50 maths lessons during her visit.

While in Tameside the teachers from Shanghai got the opportunity to work with the staff at Arlies and pass on their skills.

The two teachers received a warm welcome from staff and pupils who were alongside Mayor Councillor Philip Fitzpatrick.

Leader of Tameside Council, Councillor Kieran Quinn said he was excited about the visit.

“Maths is a key subject, and vital to learning the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. However, it’s also a subject many people find difficult, so anything that helps youngsters to do well at maths has to be applauded.”


By Matt Hewitt