Shanghai Exchange Programme

Teaching for mastery specialists are offered the opportunity to apply to visit China in the Autumn term where they visit schools and observe Chinese maths teachers.

A group of Chinese teachers visit England in the spring term and our specialists’ schools host these teachers to give showcase lessons. Teachers in the region are invited to come and observe these lessons. 

There is a great deal of information about this programme on the NCETM website including descriptions of demonstration lessons.

England – Shanghai Teacher Exchange 2018-19


A teacher from Holy Rosary and St Annes Catholic Primary School in Leeds was selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.

Grainne Tierney was among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hub programme. Holy Rosary and St Annes Catholic Primary School is working with the Yorkshire and Humber Maths Hub.

The purpose of the exchange was to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in Grainne’s school, and in local partner schools.

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.

The group of teachers, all of whom completed the Mastery Specialists programme within their Maths Hubs last year, visited Shanghai in November 2018, and hosted their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in early January 2019.

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 fifth teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs programme was launched in autumn 2014.