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Shanghai Maths Exchange



A teacher from North Lakes Junior School in Penrith has been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.


Mrs Greenwood is among around 100 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs Programme. North Lakes School is working with the North North West Maths Hub.


The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in North Lakes School, and in local partner schools that Lindzi Greenwood will be working with during the school year 2019/20. Lindzi says, “It is such an exciting opportunity to travel to this part of the world and to work with teachers on maths mastery. I feel privileged to be part of this national programme to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. I know that the children, myself, and my colleagues will all really benefit from this amazing experience”.


This is one part of 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, and funded nationally by the DfE.


Funding for the four-year programme, initially amounting to £41m, was launched in July 2016. 

The group of teachers, all of whom have completed training as Mastery Specialists in a programme run by the NCETM and Maths Hubs, will be visiting Shanghai in mid-November 2019, and hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in March 2020.


There are 37 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 sixth teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs Programme was launched in autumn 2014.


North Lakes School is grateful for the support of the DfE and NCETM in providing this opportunity, as well as for financial support from Penrith-based accountants “Dodd and Co.” who have sponsored the provision of maths resources, supporting the mastery teaching approach in 2019-20.