British Education Minister Elizabeth Truss and a delegation of experts will arrive in Shanghai on Monday to observe the schools’ teaching methods, specifically in mathematics, to learn how the city’s students ranked first in a global student assessment evaluation announced last December.
The delegation will visit the education commission and Shanghai Normal University on Monday afternoon along with three other public schools in Shanghai on Tuesday, including Shanghai Fushan Primary School, Shanghai Jianping West Middle School and Shanghai High School, according to Shanghai Daily.
Shanghai is the first stop, followed by Wuhan, of the tour studying successful methods with a view to possibly adopt them in England’s schools.
Truss said in a BBC report that Shanghai’s students were “streets ahead” of their UK counterparts, adding that “teaching practices and a positive philosophy made a difference.”
“They also have a can-do attitude to maths, which contrasts with the long-term anti-maths culture that exists here”, she said.
“This visit represents a real opportunity for us to see at first hand the teaching methods that have enabled their young people to achieve so well in maths.”
Shanghai’s 15-year-olds came out on top in the 2012 international Pisa tables for math, the results of which have been described by some as “meaningless“.
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