Applications are now invited from state schools in England to join the Mandarin Excellence Programme for 2018. The Programme aims to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020. Grants of a minimum of £20,000 per year are available to state-funded secondary schools that have an Ofsted rating in its most recent inspection of ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’, are committed to developing a strong curriculum presence of Mandarin Chinese and can ensure students study Mandarin for an average of 8 hours per week, with a minimum of four being made of face to face teaching time.
Schools funded through this programme should also act as or work with a hub school, growing the number of schools and pupils in the local area on the programme; and work to ensure that pupils will be on course to complete HSK IV and V exams within 6 years of starting the programme. From Summer 2018, some pupils will have the chance to visit China.
The next intake of Mandarin Excellence Programme schools will need to start delivering the programme in September 2018.