KNGS Represents West Midlands in National Maths Exchange

Kings Norton Girls’ School Chosen to Represent the West Midlands in Prestigious National Maths Teaching Exchange with Shanghai

The Maths Department at Kings Norton Girls’ School, who were recently award TES Maths Team of the Year, have further added to their list of accolades by being selected to represent the West Midlands in the prestigious national Maths Teaching Exchange with Shanghai.

Two mathematics teachers from a school in Shanghai have arrived for a three-week period teaching maths at Kings Norton Girls’ School in Birmingham.

Bian Xinyan and Sijun Wang will be working and teaching alongside the Maths Department at KNGS over the coming weeks. As part of the exchange programme Elizabeth Bridgett a Maths teacher at KNGS went on a research visit to Da Tong Junior High school and Jing’an District No. 1 Primary School in Shanghai in September this year.

The exchange is part of a project, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), to help English secondary 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.

The project is 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). Thirty-five Maths Hubs have been established across England to bring about improvements in maths education for school and college pupils of all ages. Two teachers from Shanghai are currently in partner schools in each Maths Hub area. KNGS sits within the Central Maths Hub area, with the lead school of Central Maths Hub being Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Birmingham.

Ms Fox, head teacher of KNGS commented, ”We are honoured to be representing the West Midlands in this prestigious exchange programme and extend a warm welcome to our two visiting teachers from Shanghai. We look forward to them working alongside our maths department and hope they enjoy this opportunity to gain an insight into the outstanding delivery of maths at KNGS.”

Following their visit to KNGS, the two Shanghai teachers will spend time at John Henry Newman Catholic College alongside Maths Teacher Kiran Bhangal, who jointly represented the Central Maths Hub with Elizabeth Bridgett during the research visit to Shanghai in September.

A similar exchange, involving primary school teachers, took place between England and Shanghai last school year.