We were awarded 3 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' were:
- Aldercar Community Language College
- Anthony Gell School
- Bennerley School
- Ecclesbourne School
- Eckington School
- Gamesley Early Excellence Centre
- Glossopdale School
- 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 student exchanges.
Easter 2008 saw 42 Derbyshire students from Ecclesbourne School and Heanor 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.