China signs agreement with UK to work together on assessment and skills

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Assessment expertise from the UK is being exported to China to help the country’s schools encourage critical-thinking and creativity in science and maths education.

Exam board and education charity AQA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Society of Education – China’s leading academic educational organisation and a major influence on education and teaching reform across the country.

The partnership will see UK best practice in assessment of science and maths being shared in a bid to support the development of China’s high school curriculum reform programme. The focus is to be on encouraging skills in critical-thinking, problem-solving and creativity. The programme will launch in the autumn of 2016 and will be delivered to 50 schools in Beijing and Shanghai. Teacher trainers from the UK will travel to both cities, and Chinese teachers will visit the UK to see assessment in action.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by AQA’s chief executive, Andrew Hall, and Professor Yang Nianlu, secretary general of the Chinese Society of Education, at a meeting in London. Mr Hall said: “We’re often encouraged to look to China for education inspiration – and I’m pleased that our Chinese colleagues clearly feel there’s a lot of valuable expertise here in the UK too. It’s good to be reminded that we all have much to share.”
Prof Nianlu added: “Our work with AQA will help develop expertise in China’s high school assessment system through sharing UK best practice across the sector and introducing different teaching concepts, policies and methods into China.”
It comes as the UK government has also signed an agreement with China to bring about further educational collaboration. The UK-China Strategies Framework for Education will see increased exchanges among researchers and a joint football coaching accreditation system.
There will also be links created between 200 schools in the UK and counterparts in China to foster exchange visits and to work together on curriculum.


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