David Allerton, from Nottingham High School, has left the classroom for three weeks this month to join 40 other Modern Foreign Language teachers, from across the UK, in China.
The ‘Experience China’ course, at the east China Normal University in Shanghai, is part of a drive to promote the teaching of Mandarin in schools.
Mr Allerton explained: “I applied in January and have since been attending lessons at the Confucius Institute, based at the University of Nottingham, on Tuesday evenings.
“I’m really thrilled at the opportunity and I will also be taking the opportunity to go travelling… I look forward to sharing my experience with the students when I return.”
The initiative is paid for by Hanban, which is the Chinese equivalent of the British Council and promotes the learning of Chinese abroad.
David hopes that, as a result of the course, Nottingham High School will be able to introduce Mandarinonto the timetablefor the School’s youngest learners.