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					First Annual Report
Specialist Schools and Academies
Trust Confucius Institute
December 2008
                                                                                                                         Madame Xu Lin in London
SSAT Confucius Institute Steering Group                                                                                  October/November 2008



Jenny Jupe                              Katharine Carruthers                                                             SSAT Chief Executive Elizabeth Reid
Chair, SSAT Confucius Institute         SSAT Confucius Institute Director and                                            met Madame Xu Lin, Director-General,
Steering Group                          National Programme Coordinator                                                   The Office of Chinese Language
Executive Director, Specialism and                                                                                       Council International (Hanban) on her
Curriculum Networks, Specialist         Clive Tucker                                                                     recent visit to London. Lord Dearing
Schools and Academies Trust             Consultant and Associate Director,                                               and Elizabeth Reid hosted a dinner for
                                        Specialist Schools and Academies                                                 Professor Xu Jialu (Vice-Chairman of
Professor Zhang Guoyou                  Trust                                                                            the 9th and 10th Standing Committee
Vice President, Peking University                                                                                        of the NPC) and Madame Xu Lin at
                                        Professor Yong Zhao                                                              the House of Lords on 30 October.
Professor Zhang Xiuhuan                 Director for the Center Of Teaching
Director of Hanban, Peking University   and Technology, Michigan State
                                        University
                                                                                Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
Professor Kang Jian
                                                                                16th Floor, Millbank Tower,
Principal, Middle school attached to    Confucius Classroom                     21–24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP
Peking University                       Head Teacher                            www.ssatrust.org.uk
                                        (in rotation)                           www.schoolsnetwork.org.uk
Dr Zhao Yang                                                                    www.ssat-inet.net
Deputy Director of Hanban at                                                    Charity no. 296729. Registered in                                                 During her visit to London, Madame
Peking Uuiversity                                                               England. Company no. 2124695.                                                     Xu Lin also opened the Hanban stand
                                                                                                                                                                  at the Languages Show, held at
                                                                                                                                                                  Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.
                                                                                                                                                                  The Hanban stand attracted great
                                                                                                                                                                  interest from thousands of visitors
                                                                                                                                                                  during the three day event.
Introduction                                                                                                                               Our mission

The Specialist Schools and                                                                                                                 The mission of the SSAT                          There is a rapidly growing realisation              Mandarin Chinese teaching and the
Academies Trust (SSAT) has                                                                                                                 Confucius Institute is to secure                 that, if young people are to make                   study of China in schools. The SSAT
been strongly committed to                                                                                                                 a major expansion of Mandarin                    successful careers in the global                    Confucius Institute is well placed to
the development of Mandarin                                                                                                                Chinese teaching throughout                      economy, they need the opportunity                  help schools to achieve this.
Chinese language teaching and                                                                                                              the English school system so                     to learn how to speak, write and work
the study of China across the                                                                                                              that by 2012 every student                       in Mandarin Chinese. A recent survey                SSAT supports the Government’s
school curriculum for a number                                                                                                             who wants to learn Mandarin                      of employers by the Confederation of                programmes for Specialist Schools
of years.                                                                                                                                  Chinese has the opportunity to                   British Industry showed that business               and Academies. More than 90% of
                                                                                                                                           do so.                                           now values the ability of recruits to               state maintained secondary schools in
SSAT held its first Mandarin Chinese                                                                                                                                                                                                            England are already Specialist Schools
                                                                                                                                                                                            speak Mandarin Chinese above their
conference in March 2003. Following                                                                                                        China now stands at the heart of                                                                     or Academies and this figure is
                                                                                                                                                                                            ability to speak Spanish, Russian and
the success of that conference, SSAT                                                                                                       the global economic system. Its                                                                      expected to rise to 100% over the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Japanese. Over and above this
decided to dedicate part of its                                                                                                            sustained, dynamic growth over the                                                                   next few years. SSAT therefore has
                                                                                                                                                                                            economic imperative, however,
Teachers website to information on                                                                                                         last 30 years has made China one of                                                                  direct links with the great majority of
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mandarin Chinese is growing rapidly in
Mandarin Chinese learning materials                                                                                                        the major economic powers of the                                                                     state maintained secondary schools
                                                                                                                                                                                            popularity with students and teachers
and accreditation, teaching events,                                                                                                        twenty first century.                                                                                and already works with them in a wide
                                                                                                                                                                                            alike, because they are keen to
workshops, conferences, study tours                                                                                                                                                                                                             range of ways in order to help them to
                                                                                                                                                                                            promote understanding of China, its
and teacher training. We also                                                                                                              The transformation of the Chinese                                                                    improve their performance, modernise
                                                                                                                                                                                            culture and society.
established an email forum (now with                                                                                                       economy has a direct impact on the                                                                   their teaching and raise standards of
350 members) as a platform for                                                                                                             rest of the world because it is taking                                                               achievement.
                                                                                                                                                                                            If these needs are to be met, there
Mandarin Chinese teachers to discuss   SSAT therefore warmly welcomed the          The SSAT Confucius Institute was                        place in the context of globalisation.           has to be a significant increase in
and share their experience and         invitation from the Hanban to establish     launched on 4 July 2007. Our
expertise.                             the first school-based Confucius            partners are Peking University (PKU)
                                       Institute. We are very grateful for their   and Peking University High School.                                                                                                             Bar chart © CBI Education and skills survey 2008
                                       continuing support and                      We have worked closely with them
                                                                                                                     Language          %
                                       encouragement.                              from the outset and their wise advice
                                                                                                                     French           50
                                                                                                                                                          Employer demand for foreign language skills (%)  
                                                                                   and enthusiastic support have been                                          50        49 
                                                                                                                     German           49
                                                                                   invaluable.                       Mandarin         43
                                                                                                                                                   50 
                                                                                                                                                                                    43 
                                                                                                                    Spanish           41           45                                              41 
                                                                                                                    Other languages   28           40 
                                                                                                                    Russian           23           35 
                                                                                                                    Japanese          17                                                                      28 
                                                                                                                                                   30 
                                                                                                                    Arabic            16                                                                                  23 
                                                                                                                                                   25 
                                                                                                                    Korean            11                                                                                               17 
                                                                                                                                                   20                                                                                             16 
                                                                                                                    Portuguese        11
                                                                                                                                                   15                                                                                                       11          11 
                                                                                                                                                   10 
                                                                                                                                                    5 
                                                                                                                                                    0 
                                                                                                                                                                      German 




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Portuguese 
                                                                                                                                                            French 




                                                                                                                                                                                                          languages 




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Arabic 
                                                                                                                                                                                Mandarin 



                                                                                                                                                                                               Spanish 




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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Other 
Our strategy                              The Confucius Classrooms

Our strategy is to:                       In 2007 the SSAT Confucius
•	Secure	a	sustained	expansion	in	        Institute set up five Confucius
  school-based Confucius                  Classrooms at five secondary
  Classrooms throughout England so        schools where Mandarin
  that the opportunity to learn           Chinese teaching was already
  Mandarin Chinese is available to an     well established:
  increasing number of school
                                          •	Kingsford	Community	School	and	
  students
                                            Language College
                                          •	Calday	Grange	Grammar	school
•	Secure	an	increase	in	the	number	of	
                                          •	Hummersknott	School	and	
  qualified Mandarin Chinese teachers
                                            Language College
  in schools
                                          •	Djanogly	City	Academy
                                          •	Katharine	Lady	Berkeley’s	School
•	Secure	a	sustainable	increase	in	the	
  study of Chinese history, geography,
                                          Details of the achievements of these
  culture and society across the
                                          five Confucius Classrooms in the first
  school curriculum
                                          year are set out below.

•	Produce	up	to	date	teaching	
                                          Each of these Confucius Classrooms       In 2008, with the approval and
  materials for both Mandarin Chinese
                                          offers Mandarin Chinese teaching for     support of the Hanban, we are
  and the study of China across the
                                          students from the age of 11 onwards.     extending this network of “hub
  school curriculum
                                          But, in addition, each of these          schools” by establishing a further
                                          Confucius Classrooms acts as a “hub      seven Confucius Classrooms. This
•	Ensure	that	significant	numbers	of	
                                          school” reaching out to and working      expansion means that in 2009 there
  school students attend the Hanban
                                          with other schools – “spoke schools”     will be at least one Confucius
  summer schools
                                          – which are keen to extend and           Classroom in each Government
                                          improve their Mandarin Chinese           Administrative Region. Each of these
                                          teaching. There are currently 50 of      Confucius Classrooms will work with
                                          these “spoke schools”. Each “spoke”      local secondary and primary schools
                                          school offers up to 10 Mandarin          as well as with community learners,
                                          Chinese classes each week. A total of    adults and local businesses. In
                                          approximately 5000 school students       addition, we are planning to set up a
                                          are now learning Mandarin Chinese in     new network of Confucius
                                          the 55 schools which operate under       Classrooms in primary schools
                                          the aegis of our Confucius Institute.    (age 5–11).
The Confucius Classrooms                                                                                                      The Hanban teachers

Kingsford Community school:               also organises activities with many        Katharine Lady Berkeley’s:
Kingsford is currently working with       other schools over the region.             In June, Katharine Lady Berkeley’s
seven other schools in the area to                                                   school organised a China culture day
help teach Mandarin Chinese and                                                      to which it invited its spoke schools.
Chinese culture. The Hanban teachers      Hummersknott school and                    The school is currently working with
are also teaching Business Mandarin       Language college:                          nine partner schools which cover a
and advanced Mandarin within the          Hummersknott school is working with        wide area in a rural part of England.
local community, as well as teaching      eleven partner schools in the North
other Kingsford staff.                    East. The school is also working with      The school organised a very
                                          a local teacher training college, and is   successful Chinese Peking Opera
During the Chinese New Year,              providing a placement for a Mandarin       day with the London Jing Kun
Kingsford organized a Celebration         Chinese trainee teacher.                   opera group.
workshop with students from partner
primary and secondary schools.            To celebrate Chinese New Year,
Kingsford students also gave a            Hummersknott organised a Chinese
Mandarin performance at the HSBC          culture day in February, as well as
Chinese New Year Evening.                 another event to introduce Chinese
                                          language and culture in March. There
                                          were performances of Tibetan
Calday Grange Grammar                     dancing, spoken Chinese and Kung
School:                                   Fu, as well as by a Chinese choir.
In March 2008, Calday organised a         Professionals from all over the region
conference for the wider business         including local businesses were
community in the Liverpool area with      involved in Hummersknott’s events.
over 30 business organisations taking
part. It was so successful that Calday
decided to start offering tailor make     Djanogly City Academy:
Chinese lessons to some participating     In May, working with SSAT and the CI
organisations from September 2008         at Nottingham University , Djanogly                                                 The work of the ten permanent            Nankai University. We are very grateful
onwards. The students at the school       organised a one day conference                                                      Mandarin Chinese teachers in             to the Hanban for funding these
have written and produced a               entitled ‘Introducing China and                                                     the five Confucius Classrooms            teachers, to our partner schools in China
Mandarin learning tool for primary age    Chinese in the East Midlands’. The                                                  has been greatly enhanced by             for making it possible for them to spend
students called ‘Mao Mao and              day was attended by more than 20                                                    20 teachers from China.                  12 months in England and to Professor
bamboo’.                                  local stakeholders and there was a                                                                                           Kang of Peking University High School
                                          small exhibition.                                                                   These teachers have been drawn           for organising this invaluable addition
Calday Grange also organized a                                                                                                from the six Chinese partner schools     to the teaching capacity of our five
Chinese puppet theatre event for 200      Djanogly is currently working with ten                                              of our six “hub schools”: High School    Confucius Classrooms.
pupils, split into 38 teams, who          partner spoke schools and delivering                                                attached to Peking University, Beijing
designed and made the puppets and         Mandarin classes and culture days for                                               No.101 High School, Beijing No.15
décor as well as writing and              all of them, teaching approximately                                                 High School, Tianjin Fuxing High
performing a script written in Mandarin   400 pupils in total.                                                                School, Tianjin High School and
Chinese. Calday Grange has set up                                                                                             Middle School attached to Tianjin
programmes with five schools and
Increasing the number of qualified                                                The study of China across
Mandarin teachers in schools                                                      the school curriculum

A sustained increase in the                                                       Learning about China is both
number of qualified teachers                                                      a necessary stimulus to and a
is essential for securing                                                         natural outcome of a growth
a nationwide growth in                                                            in the teaching of Mandarin
opportunities for school                                                          Chinese.
students to learn Mandarin
Chinese.                                                                          In addition to the speed and scale of
                                                                                  its economic transformation over the
As well as the support we have given                                              last 30 years, there are many reasons
to Mandarin Chinese teaching through                                              why the study of China should
the SSAT website and the email                                                    become much more prominent across
forum, we have provided continuous                                                the school curriculum. As the world’s
professional development                                                          oldest continuous civilisation, China
programmes for 200 teachers through                                               has a uniquely rich history. The sheer
conferences and professional                                                      scale of its geography and population
development days. We organise an                                                  provide rewarding subjects for study
annual two-day conference for                                                     at all levels of education.
Mandarin Chinese teachers which this                                                                                          Photography © The Trustees of the British Museum
year was attended by over 150                                                     We are working with the British
people. We host a steering group of    In addition:                               Museum on a proposal to support
head teachers from both state                                                     them in the development of teaching
maintained and independent schools,    •	We	are	talking	with	Peking	University	   materials for the travelling exhibition
which helps to develop policy on the     about the possibility of setting up      which will build on the huge success
teaching of Mandarin Chinese. And        training courses for Mandarin            of their ‘First Emperor’ exhibition. This
three times a year we produce a          Chinese teachers which could be          exhibition attracted a record number
newsletter which is sent to all 3000     delivered locally across England in      of visitors.
secondary schools in England.            partnership with the other Confucius
                                         Institutes in England; and

                                       •	We	are	keen	to	work	with	
                                         universities to help them to identify
                                         placements in schools for students
                                         undertaking the Post Graduate
                                         Certificate of Education (PGCE) in
                                         Mandarin Chinese.
New teaching materials                     Hanban summer camps

We are working collaboratively with        Over the last two years the
the teachers of our Confucius              SSAT Confucius Institute has
Classrooms and a publisher to              worked with the Hanban to give
produce a comprehensive range of           students from English schools
new Mandarin Chinese teaching              the opportunity to take part in
materials for school students who are      the Hanban summer camps.
studying for the main public
examinations.                              We arranged for 168 school students
                                           to take part in the Hanban summer
The first set of teaching materials will   camp in July 2007 and 270 to take
be for students taking the General         part in the autumn camps which took
Certificate of Secondary Education at      place in October 2008. In both cases
the age of 16. These new teaching          the students visited Beijing and
materials will be available by             schools in provincial capitals such as
September 2009.                            Shaanxi, Zhejiang, Chongqing and
                                           Henan.

                                           Comments from the students and
                                           teachers who have taken part have
                                           been overwhelmingly positive. Many
                                           returned to England with a new
                                           interest in teaching and learning
                                           Mandarin Chinese and building the
                                           study of China into the school
                                           curriculum.
The future

In 2009 we aim to consolidate     We look forward to arranging for the
the current expansion in          next generation of school students to
Confucius Classrooms and to       take part in the 2009 summer camps
carry forward the plans for       and to our continued cooperation with
increasing the supply of          the Hanban and Peking University.
qualified Mandarin Chinese
teachers and producing new
teaching materials described in
this report.