THE Castle School was chosen as one of just eight nationwide to host maths teachers from Shanghai.

For two weeks in January, the visiting teachers shared their good practice to help to raise the standard of maths teaching in the school.

Rebecca Murphy, the host teacher from Castle, completed a similar visit to Shanghai last year.

Mrs Murphy visited alongside assistant principal of Mounts Bay Academy in Cornwall, Simon Jack.

The exchange is part of a programme initiated by the NCETM (National Centre for the Excellent Teaching of Maths) and supported by Maths Hubs nationwide.

Jurassic and CODE Maths Hubs provide professional support to teachers and cover the whole of the South West of England.

Liang Chen and Xiao Shijie were the Shanghai teachers who visited The Castle School.

A spokesman for the school said: "During their time, Mr Chen taught a year 7 class fractions whilst Mr Shijie taught a year 8 class ratio and proportion.

"In the first week, secondary maths teachers, primary maths leads and teaching for Mastery specialists from schools across the South West observed lessons and met afterwards with the teachers.

"In the second week, two showcase events were organised.

"Attendees also got to attended two sample lessons and were able to pose questions to the Shanghai teachers.

"The exchange was a great success with more than 120 other professionals getting to observe practice from Shanghai."