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Maths mastery exchange to China

November 12, 2019

Mr. John Bee from Parkhead Community Primary school in Winlaton is currently in Shanghai taking part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in China.

Mr Bee is among around 100 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs Programme. Parkhead Community Primary school is working with the Great North Maths Hub.

There are 37 Maths Hubs, spread across England, each led by a school with a record of high achievement in maths, and of supporting improvements in maths teaching and learning in neighbouring schools.

The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in Mr Bee’s school, and in local partner schools he will be working with during the school year 2019/20.

 Yesterday Mr Bee met representatives from the NCETM and the department for education.  

 Today he is attending the official opening of the exchange programme at Shanghai normal university where we will be officially welcomed by representatives from all over China with dignitaries and envoys being flown in from Beijing. After the welcome ceremony, he is attending lectures by professor Gu on teaching for mastery and the principles behind it. Mr Bee has reported today from China; he says ‘this is surreal because I used Gu in my master’s degree thesis!’

Mr Bee is looking forward to meeting his partner Shanghai teacher and he has been asked to teach a lesson to the Chinese students which he is very excited about!

This is one part of the Teaching for Mastery Programme, run by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) in conjunction with the Maths Hubs Programme, and funded by the DfE. Funding for the four-year programme, initially amounting to £41m, was launched in July 2016. 

The group of teachers, all of whom have completed training as Mastery Specialists in a programme run by the NCETM and Maths Hubs, will be visiting Shanghai in November 2019, and hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in March 2020.

This is the sixth teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs Programme was launched in autumn 2014.

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Gateshead travel survey

October 17, 2019

Good morning,

You may recall that our school has been asked previously to complete a Hands Up Survey to record pupil travel habits by the Development team for Transport and Public Protection at Gateshead Council.

They are also keen to hear from parents and carers about how they travel and what barriers they face when choosing how to travel to school. They have set up a survey and ask that we share this by email and text to parents. They have 3x £20 shopping vouchers available in a random prize draw for parents and carers who complete the survey. The surveys close on Friday 25 October 2019. Good luck!

CPR training

Good morning

Gateshead housing just wanted to let you know of a training course they have taking place next week in Conifer Close, and wondered if parents and people in and around the area would be interested in attending as they still have a few places available.

The course is through the British Heart Foundation, delivered by employees who are trained to deliver it.

The course is taking place on Wednesday 23 October, 1pm-3pm in Conifer Close Communal Lounge.

Please see attached link to the full programme and to book.

Halloween Disco

We get off to a spooky start next term with the Halloween disco on Wednesday 30th October!

KS1 disco will be held during school time in the afternoon. Please can children bring a £1 into school on the day or donate on lunchshop. They will get a goody bag at the disco with a drink, crisps and sweets. Pupils need to bring any costume, or change of clothes, into school (to be hung on their coat peg during the day).

KS2 disco is between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Tickets are priced at £1 and will include a packet of crisps. Pupils need to bring any costume, or change of clothes, into school (to be hung on their coat peg during the day). Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow. Pupils may wish to bring spending money to purchase sweets, drinks, crisps and snacks. Please provide this in a named purse or envelope. Any money will be collected in and kept in a safe place until the disco commences. Any child not participating in the disco should be collected at home time in the usual way. Parents are requested to wait on the KS2 yard, when at the end of the disco the children will be brought onto the yard by their class teacher. Pupils will not be allowed to walk home unaccompanied.

We would be grateful if anyone can volunteer help to decorate the hall before the disco from around 12pm and prepare goody bags and help with food and selling at the KS2 disco at 3.30pm.

Thank you for your support.

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