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A party of six leading Beijing kindergarten Head teachers will visit St James’ School Grimsby next week in a ground-breaking education project sponsored by the Beijing Department of Education.


As part of a strategic aim to develop language skills and cultural awareness in Beijing early years classes, the delegation will spend a day studying English teaching methods and then sign long-term agreements to promote education co-operation between the UK and China.


The project will see St James’ School and the Dadi Kindergarten of Beijing, one of 300 branches throughout China; develop an educational relationship which will include collaborative online study and internet video classes between the two countries.


The ultimate goal is for children at both ends of the project to develop language skills at an early age and to become more aware of the cultural background of the project partners. Both parties have already piloted live internet exchanges and after next week’s formalities they will focus on creating weekly classes for early years’ pupils.


During their visit the delegation will meet the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, the region’s chief executive Rob Walsh, MP Martin Vickers, the Chief Education Officer of Woodard Schools, along with staff and governors at the school. In addition to observing teaching practices in an English school, the party will also visit Grimsby Town Hall and the Fishing Heritage Centre.