Face-to-face exchanges return for hundreds of Chinese students visiting the UK this summer


Schools across the country are preparing to welcome international visitors as part of a cultural exchange programme between the UK and China.

Between June and July, over 800 Chinese students will be visiting primary and secondary schools in London and the North West to experience life as a British student – with aspirations to study, work and live abroad in the future.

For participating schools, this unique experience will provide the whole school community with opportunities to bring the world into their classrooms and celebrate diversity, foster cross-cultural understanding and cultivate global citizenship.

Oaklands School in Tower Hamlets are the first to welcome visitors to their school this summer.

Deputy Headteacher Steven Farmer said: “Oaklands School are delighted to be hosting secondary students from China…It’s very important that we all continue to share, communicate and collaborate globally to bring the very best into everyone’s classrooms.”

John Rolfe MBE, accompanying the visitors’ welcome, said: “The Global School Alliance are proud and delighted to be working with Oaklands and so many schools globally to provide those impactful and authentic learning experiences.”

For school groups visiting from Taicang, Hefei, Wuhan and Hainan, this is an exciting opportunity to strengthen ties with their sister schools and develop the sister city links between Hefei & Derby and Taicang & Wirral.

John Rolfe MBE pictured with Deputy Headteacher Steven Farmer.

The Be Proud to Host programme provides funding for schools to host international students and deliver an immersive education experience that benefits the entire school community.