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Chinese teachers visit UK

11/12/2015   Jenni

In December 2015 a group of Chinese teachers from our collaborative base in Shanghai visited the UK to see how the SAW programme works here.

 Headteacher, Gong Min (centre) from Wunan Kindergarten with teachers Qian Lel, Jiang Lan, Li Yan, Feng Shujuan.

The party from Wunan Kindergarten visited West Earlham Infant School first to meet with the head teacher Binks Neate-Evans who has a very strong link to the kindergarten and has visited China several times. 

 West Earlham were delighted to show the teachers around their school and treated them to a traditional afternoon tea with the Lord Mayoress as a special guest.

Then the party moved to Mile Cross Primary School to meet with head teacher Stuart Allen to find out how the school operates. A SAW Project was taking place in Lucy White's year 4 class so the teachers were able to see a SAW project in action.  At the end of the school day the teachers got a sneak preview of the Christmas Fayre and even got a glimpse of santa's grotto!

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Teachers from Wunan Kindergarten visit SAW founder, Prof Anne Osbourn and project manager Dr Jenni Rant at the John Innes Centre in Norwich

 

 After school the group visited the SAW office at the John Innes Centre to update us on how SAW works in China.  We were pleased to hear that SAW has gone from strength to strength, so much so that it makes up part of the core Wunan school curriculum.  The teachers gave us a SAW book they published which is used to instruct teachers on how to run SAW projects.  We plan to upload some of the Chinese example lesson plans on our website in 2016.

Since our first visit to Wunan in December 2012 the SAW programme has been run with over 1000 children in 18 schools and kindergartens in Xuhui district, training 140 teachers and involving around 50 social volunteers!  Wunan Kindergarten has recently opened a dedicated SAW room at it's campus. 

It was great hosting the group from China and we were so proud to show them two excellent examples of Norfolk primary Schools.  The teachers were very impressed with the quality of the teaching they had seen and felt very moved by the community spirit they experienced in both schools.