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Course Date

January 15, 2020

Course Cost


Registration & refreshments from 9.30am

Course Time

10:00 - 15:00


George Watson’s College, Stewart Lockhart Suite

Colinton Road
EH10 5EG

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Cancellation and refund policy

  • Cancellations must be advised in writing/email 6 working days prior to the event.
  • We welcome substitute delegates attending in your place at no additional cost.
  • A refund will not be granted if a registrant fails to attend or cancels within 6 working days prior to the event.
  • For residential courses cancellation must be advised 28 days prior to the event.

Course Description

Who is this for?

Headteachers who are interested in introducing Mandarin Chinese at their school or who have Chinese clubs, but are not yet teaching Chinese on the curriculum. If the Headteacher is unable to participate, a Deputy Head or Head of MFL could attend in their place.  


The workshop will provide an ideal opportunity for Headteachers / Senior leaders of schools in Scotland to engage with schools who have successfully embedded Chinese into the curriculum.  

The workshop will enable delegates to:

     learn about Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh, a    collaborative venture between state and independent schools;

     learn about the learning and teaching of Chinese in schools, including qualification pathways for Chinese language in Scotland;

     develop the confidence to plan for, and implement, the delivery of Chinese language in their schools;

     observe the teaching of Chinese in a classroom.

Session One: Opening doors through Chinese language

Melvyn Roffe, Principal at GWC. David Dempster, Headteacher at Boroughmuir High School. Donald McDonald, Headteacher at James Gillespie’s High School

This session will focus on leadership of the Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh (SCLCE); a collaborative venture between state and independent schools to raise young people’s attainment and achievement.

Session Two: Different environments, different approaches. Case studies

Maggie Sproule, Head of Swire Chinese Language Centre

This session will focus on the strategies used to introduce and develop the teaching and learning of Chinese language in a variety of school environments. This session will help you to develop a programme that suits your school’s circumstances.                                     

Session Three: Making the Chinese connection

Maggie Sproule, Principal Assessor for National 5

This session will explore the qualification pathways for Chinese language. This will help you create an enabling environment for learning and teaching of Chinese in your schools.

Session Four: Positive reality

Brooke Walker, Subject Lead Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh

The positive reality of what’s happening in and beyond the classroom - detailing pupils’ experiences and the journey of a Scottish teacher of Chinese, showing how Chinese language and culture can positively influence language education.

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