A teacher from Gurnard Primary School on the Isle of Wight has been chosen to represent the Solent Hub Area on a prestigious exchange programme to Shanghai.

Fiona Steele is one of only two teachers selected to represent the area, which includes the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.

The Year 2 teacher will travel to China on Saturday to begin the 2 week long trip – during which she’ll be visiting universities and schools to observe different styles of teaching.

Fiona told Isle of Wight Radio she feels very lucky:

“I’m very excited because it’s not something that English teachers get much of a chance to do – to observe practice in other countries. I think the main thing we want to bring back is some ideas that we can use to develop our own practice. It’s really lucky that I got the chance to do this.”

Headteacher Vanessa Hicks said:

“We are incredibly proud that Fiona Steele has been selected to take part in this exchange. This is a fantastic opportunity to study different approaches to teaching maths and Fiona is looking forward to sharing what she has observed with other Island schools and teachers.”

The school says the purpose of the exchange is to ‘further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching in maths in Gurnard and local partner schools’. Its part of the Teaching for Mastery Programme.