China’s global influence grows English-Chinese school strongly backed in UK
Education in November and could get the green light early next year. Both Manchester Metropolitan University and Trinity High School have agreed Formerto be UK collaborative chancellor partners, of the exchequerand Rowlinson George said Osbornethat overhas written500 a letter parentsof supporthave expressedinterestintheschool.for a new free school in Manchester “They that believeMandarinwill combine Easternis a tool that and will Westernmeet the education,needs of the while locala bilingual business English community, and in Mandarin particular prep-schoolthe ability to is offer set tradingto open linksin Londonand communicationnext year. Both withChina,”schools he are says. responding Lastto an week, increasinglyOsborne sent populara letter beliefof supportamong parentsto Gerry in Yeung,the United aManchester Kingdom entrepreneurthat an understandingwho sits on of the Mandarinschool’s board.and ChineseThe former culture chancellorwill benefit said theirthe school children alignedas China’swell with global the influence Northern grows. Powerhouse The proposal, Manchester which Rutherfordaims to boost economic growth in northern England, partly by strengthening trade and investmentSchool hopes ties to with open China.in September Osborne 2017 was and recently serve made 900 chair studentsof the ages Northern11 to 16. Powerhouse This week, Partnership,the school’s a new board government-backed is submitting a bid to bodythe Departmentthat will promotefor Educationthe politicalto registerand businessunder the interestsfree schoolof the Greater initiative. ManchesterSuch institutionsarea. He are was free sackedto attendas chancellorand receive by statenew Prime funding, Minister though Theresathey are May not in controlledJuly. by the local educational “As a authority.leading proponent of economicThe school growthwill adherein to our the region regular and curriculum, particularly thoughthe Northern Mandarin lessons Powerhousewill be compulsoryand Manchester and China Eastern Forum teachinginitiatives, methods I will amkeenbe employed.to promote programs“It will that be improvevery mucheducational focused on standards Chinese and languageprovide and young culture people— a fusionwith the of skills Eastern they and need Westernto represent pedagogies, our regionwith strongon linksthe worldto the stage,” Osborne wrote.
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