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China is waking up to the power of creativity

With a culture shift at the country’s private schools and an increasing number of Chinese students taking arts courses abroad, the UK risks being left behind

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China, and more specifically Shanghai, has long been judged as one of the big winners among the triennial Pisa runners and riders. This has inevitably brought admirers, who are keen to understand the secret to this success.

The education system in Shanghai – an urban pocket in which 80 per cent of students receive private tuition on top of their state schooling – has been popularly characterised as having a focus on a narrow core curriculum with emphasis on traditional pedagogic practices, such as rote learning. It also has a reputation for imposing strict discipline on its students in an ...

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