The most recent PISA results showed students in Shanghai to be the ablest in mathematics, science and reading. They were followed by their peers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Japan.

These countries’ consistently high performances have led to ministers to look to these education systems for inspiration. Earlier this year, the Minister of State for Schools welcomed the second cohort of Shanghai teachers “to share their world-class approach to maths teaching, and help further raise standards in the subject” with their English peers.

• Is this effective?
• If so, is it even desirable?
• Should we be mimicking other education systems?
• Are we overlooking qualities in our own education system?

Lucy Crehan, author of the upcoming book ‘Cleverlands: Inside the World’s Best Classrooms’ (, has spent time in classrooms in Finland, Canada, Japan, Shanghai and Singapore. She will be trying to offer some responses to these questions, as well as sharing other insights with the Young Fabians Education Network.

Do join us for what will be a fascinating discussion!

September 15, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm
Fabian Society HQ
61 Petty France
London SW1H 9EU
United Kingdom
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