On 14 March 2016, the U.K. and China launched an innovative teacher training programme using space science to inspire secondary students. A team of the U.K.’s top space scientists and science teachers will arrive in China to launch the new programme.
The U.K.’s National Space Academy Director, Anu Ojha, will lead the team to run a set of demonstration masterclasses. They will showcase techniques for using inspirational space science to boost student engagement and achievement and enhance teacher effectiveness in high school science.
Chinese and British teachers and students will attend the classes, which, for this pilot phase, will be held at the British School of Beijing in Shunyi and Nord Anglia International School Shanghai in Pudong.
The Space Academy already runs masterclasses for 7,000 students and teacher training for 1,000 teachers across the U.K. annually.
This is the first time the programme will run in China. The programme is part of a wider space education and training relationship between the U.K. and China.
The National Academy Space team will discuss with Chinese partners the potential to develop a wider joint programme of teacher training and student masterclasses that synthesise the very best practice from education and science systems in both China and the U.K.
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