A PURBECK schoolteacher has travelled to China as part of an ongoing two-year maths research project.

Carl Morris, head of mathematics at The Purbeck School, is currently in Shanghai to find out in detail how mathematics is taught in the schools there.

He is part of a group of more than 60 secondary school maths teachers participating in the exchange, which is run by the National Maths Hubs Programme and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

Mr Morris, who will spend a fortnight in the Chinese city, said: "I'm excited and honoured to be taking part in a project of this importance and prestige.

"The opportunity to observe successful and different approaches is fantastic, and in the longer term we are sure that these will be of huge benefit to the students in our school."

In the first year of the project, 2014/15, a similar exchange took place between primary school teachers and their counterparts in Shanghai, with the aim of exploring ways in which new teaching approaches can be introduced in English schools to help pupils acquire mastery of mathematics.

The Shanghai teachers travel to England to teach alongside their English colleagues in November.