An email to Elizabeth Truss MP (waiting for a reply)

A very well put argument from Rachael Horsman, and one I agree with not just for maths but for all subjects. Despite trying to share practice and ideas within the departments I teach in, it seems that this sharing happens via a quick chat in the staff room or via email. Dedicated department and inter-department time to share good practice and ideas would help everyone improve and develop teaching and learning.

rachael horsman maths

Dear Ms Truss,

I am a Secondary Mathematics Specialist Leader of Education and was lucky enough to be amongst the group of teachers who travelled to Shanghai this January. I am very pleased to hear that you made it to Shanghai this week to see for your self how teachers and pupils work.

I am disappointed that several crucial facts seem to have been overlooked in the reports I have read about your visit so far.

Firstly, I agree that there are lessons to be learnt from the Shanghai model of education. I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism and commitment of both pupils and teachers when I visited China (although I saw no teaching in Shanghai itself).

Teachers collaborate to produce lessons and worksheets of an extremely high quality. They carefully chose the best questions that contain a new idea or adaptation to a demonstrated problem. The worksheets quickly…

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