Join the Mandarin Excellence Programme

This programme funds and supports schools to deliver intensive Mandarin study, and to develop teachers and help them increase the number of pupils studying Mandarin.

What you can get

The Mandarin Excellence Programme offers:

  • £20,000 a year for schools in the programme
  • extra payments for student retention and for yearly intensive learning
  • partnership with a hub school to help you develop the programme
  • specially designed teacher meetings for professional development and to share ideas and resources
  • an online professional network
  • online teaching materials and resources
  • support and guidance from the programme coordinator

Who can join the programme

The programme is open to:

  • all state-funded secondary schools in England with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings
  • highly able and motivated key stage 3 pupils (pupils begin the programme in year 7)

When it’s available

There is an annual intake to the programme each September.

What it costs

The programme is free.

How to apply

Download and complete an expression of interest form and return it to

Find out more

See the Mandarin Excellence Programme website for more information.

Published 21 September 2018