We were awarded three years of funding from HSBC and The British Council to support the partnership developments.
The Derbyshire Schools that have embarked on the 'Links with China Project' are as follows:
Aldercar Community Language College
Anthony Gell School
Gamesely Early Excellence Centre
Heanor Gate Science College
Highfields Performing Arts School
New Mills School
St Philip Howard School
Stubbin Wood Special School
Preliminary visits to Yangpu were funded by the British Council and the co-ordinating Derbyshire teachers met with their counterparts to discuss project ideas.
The schools received funding to develop joint curriculum projects and to facilitate student exchanges.
Easter 2008 saw 42 Derbyshire students from Ecclesbourne School and Heaner Gate School visit their partner schools in Shanghai to work on joint curriculum projects with pupils from their partner schools and to gain invaluable real life experience in China.