UK and China agree long-term ambitions for education plans

UK-China agreement will see an upturn for both countries in basic education; higher education, training and assessment

The UK Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, has agreed a joint ‘Action Plan’ on UK-China education collaboration with her counterpart Mr Chen Baosheng, China’s Minister of Education, at the ninth annual UK-China Education Summit in China, convened jointly by the British Council, the Department of Education, and China’s Ministry of Education.

The Action Plan sets out the priority areas of UK-China education collaboration beyond 2016 with the objective of supporting a golden era in UK-China relations.

The agreement will see both countries working together across basic education; higher education, including quality assurance; technical and professional education and training; sports education and training; language teaching and assessment; and two-way exchanges among students and education practitioners.

Examples of work that will be pursued in these areas include:

  • boosting business-education links to accelerate the development of skills and qualifications in priority industry sectors;
  • increasing collaboration on innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education, including the creation of subject excellence clusters and regional partnerships;
  • working together on school curriculum development, such as by supporting and placing language assistants in schools to support the learning of Chinese Mandarin in the UK and English in China.

Furthermore, it was agreed to continue the UK-China Mathematics Teacher Exchange Programme for a further two years. This will see up to 140 maths teachers from England spending time in Shanghai to support their professional development and the translation of Shanghai’s high-quality approach to mathematics teaching into a meaningful model for schools in England.

Various other agreements were signed during the two-day visit, representing both countries’ commitment to expanding collaboration across higher and school education, including languages, and to working closely together in supporting student mobility in both directions.

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