Treloweth Primary School in Illogan, Redruth were the very proud hosts to two visiting maths teachers from Shanghai, China. The specialist teachers, Miss Jess and Miss Jen, stayed at Treloweth for 2 weeks in order to develop the government-initiated links between England and China through a teacher exchange programme. The programme aims to support the principals of teaching for mastery and give educationalists a better understanding of good questioning, small step development and lesson design.
Many teachers and specialists consider China as the leaders and pioneers of mastery maths teaching and so Miss Jen and Miss Jess’s visit provided many south- west teachers with a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe their practice first hand. Two lucky classes at Treloweth (part of the Crofty Trust) were chosen to be taught by the expert maths teachers for the two weeks while other visiting teachers from across the county watched and learned from their amazing expertise.
Over the two weeks, over 500 people visited Treloweth: CEOs, NCETM representatives, maths hub leads, mastery specialists, head teachers and ITT coordinators from across the south west met at our school to learn from these great specialist teachers.
Kim Rogers, maths leader at Treloweth stated, “The experience has had a really positive impact on both pupils and staff at Treloweth School. The children thoroughly enjoyed being taught by Miss Jen and Miss Jess and those who attended the showcase lessons left high praise for what they saw. Overall, it has been an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience for all involved and one that schools all over Cornwall will use to further improve the quality of primary mathematics teaching.”