The TES is reporting that England’s biggest exam board has signed a deal with a major Chinese education group to help schools in Beijing and Shanghai to assess maths and science.
The AQA board is set to share best practice in assessing maths and science, in a way that “encourages teaching of critical thinking, problem solving and creativity”.
The board’s chief executive, Andrew Hall, said in a statement that the UK was “often encouraged to look to China for education inspiration”, adding that he was “pleased that our Chinese colleagues clearly feel there’s a lot of valuable expertise here in the UK too”…
Under the AQA programme, UK teacher trainers will run a training programme in 50 schools in Beijing and Shanghai, and Chinese teachers will “visit the UK to see assessment in action”, according to the exam board.
Professor Yang Nianlu, secretary general of the Chinese Society of Education, said: “In the area of secondary education, both China and the UK have their own unique strengths in terms of educational concepts, methods, curriculum design and style of teaching. Yet we have much to learn from each other…”
See also this from the DfE on increasing partnerships between Britain and China in education: UK-China education partnership reaches new heights
Sounds like a great opportunity for AQA and, perhaps, an interesting endorsement of our exam system.
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