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The Mandarin Excellence Programme

The Mandarin Excellence Programme is a new intensive language programme, funded by the Department for Education, which will see at least 5,000 school pupils in England on track to fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

Participating schools – with support from UCL Institute of Education and the British Council - are at the forefront of delivering the programme and funding is available to support successful delivery. 37 schools are currently delivering the programme to 1400 pupils in schools across England. Some of the schools joining the programme this year are introducing Chinese into their Year 7 curriculum for the first time.

Pupils undertaking the programme study eight hours of Mandarin Chinese a week starting from Year 7, consisting of four hours of classroom taught lessons and a further four hours of self-study, homework and intensive learning.

The UCL IOE Confucius Institute are now recruiting schools to join the programme from September 2018. Schools participating in the programme must:

  • have an Ofsted rating in your most recent inspection of outstanding or good

  • be committed to developing a strong curriculum presence of Mandarin Chinese

We would advise schools interested in joining the programme submit an application soon to ensure the best chance of joining the programme from September 2018.

Details of how to apply to the programme can be found online. You can also find an e-copy of the programme flyer attached to this email.

Alternatively, you can email mandarinexcellence@ucl.ac.uk or call Eleanor on 0207 612 6021 with any questions about the programme.

published on: 7 March 2018