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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 Japanese Arabic Mandarin Spanish Russian Korean 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.
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