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Chinese teachers join counterparts in Bishop's Stortford for maths master-classes

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Two of Shanghai’s top maths teachers visited Bishop’s Stortford to share their skills.

Yijun Cheng and Xia Zheng worked alongside Windhill21 teachers, Sarah-Jane Pyne and Ellen Millar, to demonstrate mastery approaches to a total audience of more than 400.

The women presented lessons in front of staff from the primary and secondary sector in an event organised in partnership with Matrix Maths Hub, based at the Herts and Essex High School.

Their visit followed a research visit to Shanghai in December last year where Ms Pyne and Loren Carter, a colleague from Myland Community Primary in Colchester, spent two weeks observing lessons and pinpointing some of the features that make the Shanghai maths teaching so effective.

Kirsty Pettinger, primary teaching for mastery lead from Matrix, said: “It is so exciting to see teachers from across the world collaborating to provide the very best in maths education for

our children.”

Head Philippa Moore added: “What a wonderful opportunity the exchange has been! Our pupils and staff have benefited greatly from this experience, as Windhill21 continues on its mastery journey.”

The exchange is part of a national long-term project, run within the Maths Hubs Programme, to help teachers in English schools introduce mastery approaches to teaching maths and over 140 schools in Essex and Hertfordshire already pursuing a mastery approach.

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