Exchange for new maths hub project

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Two primary school teachers from Shanghai have arrived in North Tyneside for a three week period teaching maths at a borough primary school.

PU Li and YAN Qin are working and teaching alongside Ashleigh Lawrence and Lindsey Gallagher, from Benton Dene Primary School, who went on a research visit to Shanghai International Studies University, Jingan Foreign Language Primary School and Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School in China in September this year.

The exchange is part of a project, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), to help English primary school teachers understand and implement some of the key elements of Shanghai maths teaching that have proved so effective in helping school pupils in Shanghai reach levels of attainment far ahead of their counterparts in England and the rest of the world.

It is the first project being run as part of the National Maths Hubs programme, funded by the DfE, and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). So far 32 Maths Hubs have been established across England to improve maths education.