It will then be for the schools, universities and, most importantly the students involved, to build on those foundations and ultimately help improve Britain’s engagement with China. This can only be achieved with the commitment and enthusiasm of school heads and their teams, together with the quality and passion of the teaching.
As testament to the success of the collaboration that has developed to date, an action research programme has recently been launched where each centre is carrying out a specific research project. Collectively, we expect this to stimulate debate between teachers, policymakers and researchers and lead to the development of evidence-based best practice.
Whilst the Programme is not without challenge, we are encouraged by the progress made since its inception in 2016, with the engagement of our partner schools and universities and the energy and commitment of those involved, all working towards shared goals. We look forward to these exciting achievements continuing and the day when Mandarin Chinese will no longer be an unusual subject to be found in state schools.
At October 2020
“I am sure this interest in, and engagement with, the Chinese language means our pupils will travel to, live and work in China at some point in their lives.”