IOE Confucius Institute Team

Katharine Carruthers 杜可歆

IOE Confucius Institute Director

Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the UCL Institute Of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools.

Katharine has played a leading role in promoting and developing the study of Chinese and China across the curriculum in schools in England. This work has been made possible by the establishment of the Confucius Institute and 37 Confucius Classrooms – supported by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in partnership with Peking University and Peking University High School. The IOE Confucius Institute is an outstanding example of strong, successful partnership working.

Katharine is an experienced teacher and examiner of Chinese. She is the series editor of the textbooks for teaching Chinese for 11-16 year olds and is Chief Examiner for Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese and Principal Examiner for IGCSE Mandarin for Cambridge International Examinations. She is currently working alongside colleagues at the Institute of Education, London University on the development of their PGCE course for teachers of Mandarin Chinese.

Katharine graduated in Chinese from Durham University and has an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. In December 2011, she was delighted to receive a Confucius Institute Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of her work in this field. She is known nationally and internationally as an expert on the teaching of Chinese and about China in schools.

Shi Jing 石静

IOE Confucius Institute Chinese Director

%e7%9f%b3%e9%9d%991Jing will take the role of the UCL IOE Confucius Institute Chinese Director from 2016 to 2018, managing large groups of Hanban teachers and also collaborating between Hanban and the UCL IOE Confucius Institute.

Shi Jing graduated from the English Department of Peking University in 1990. And in the same year, she came to High School of Peking University to work as an English teacher. She is highly experienced in teaching English and literature and is quite popular with her students. She has written many school textbooks with her colleagues in order to help students to learn a foreign language better, and she also has rich experience in teaching a language as a second language. She has published several professional essays on teaching skills on well-known Chinese magazines.

Shi Jing once attended an exchange program with a high school in America in 1999, and gathered a lot of experience in teaching Chinese outside China. To be an enthusiastic and dedicated leader, she will strive to fulfill her mission in promoting Chinese language education in the UK and energize team members to achieve their career goals.

Xiaoming Zhu 朱晓茗

National Network Coordinator

XiaomingXiaoming Zhu holds a BA degree from Xi’an Foreign Languages University in China. She was a teacher of English for five years in China before coming to the UK where she returned to university and achieved an MA in Education at the University of Nottingham in 2000.

Xiaoming was the first Chinese national to gain Qualified Teacher Status in teaching Chinese in UK schools back in 2002. She spent 10 years teaching at Djanogly City Academy during which she also mentored PGCE students and worked as Confucius Classroom manager. The Confucius Classroom at Djanogly was one of the first of five leading Confucius Classrooms for the Confucius Institute and one of the first of its kind in the UK. In 2009, Xiaoming took up her role as the Confucius Classroom and Chinese Network coordinator for Mandarin teaching and learning in the UK. On a day to day basis she now works with Chinese teachers throughout England to provide practical training and support.

Xiaoming is also a published author of several textbooks. She co-authored the Jinbu 1, Jinbu 2 and the Edexcel GCSE Chinese textbooks written in partnership with Pearson. These resources support the teaching and learning of Chinese for Key Stage 3 and 4 students from beginners to GCSE level. Xiaoming is also regularly invited to present at various conferences and events.

James Trapp 蒲华杰

Primary Network Coordinator

James Trapp is the Primary Network Coordinator at the IOE Confucius Institute, leading a five-year project sponsored by the HSBC Global Education Programme to promote and support the study of Mandarin as a modern foreign language in primary schools. He is also the China Education Manager at the British Museum.
James has a particular interest in making Mandarin accessible to young learners, and in 2009-10 co-authored schemes of work for KS2 Mandarin for the then DCSF through the Training and Development Agency. He has a focus on the constructive use of Chinese art and culture in Mandarin teaching and has developed this in classrooms and after-school clubs across a wide range of primary and secondary schools, and also through his work at the British Museum.
He has an Honours degree in Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with special papers in pre-Han archaeology and early Buddhist sculpture. He has travelled extensively in China and has published books on Chinese science and technology, Chinese characters, Chinese proverbs and a translation from the original of Sunzi’s The Art of War.

Philippa Vallely 刘晓梅

Teacher Training Coordinator

Philippa Vallely (200 x 200)Philippa is responsible for the strategic planning, development, delivery and evaluation of the UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools’ CPD programme for Mandarin teachers in the UK. This includes pre-service and in-service training, involving multiple aspects of support, including language support, teaching for examinations and assessment, and language teaching pedagogy. This comprehensive programme caters for teachers at all levels, from total language beginner to native speakers, increasing access to Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture for teachers.

As part of the project management of teacher training, Philippa has developed courses on the UCL IOE Moodle system, ensuring that teacher training is made accessible online as well as face to face. In addition, Philippa has helped design, support and develop an online beginner’s course in Chinese, developed by experts at UCL IOE CI, launched in 2014. Since the start of the course, over 290 teachers and student teachers have accessed this free resource, supported by online classrooms, forum discussions and face to face training.

Philippa was previously Academic Director for a group of junior language education centres. Prior to that she worked in Malaysia as a teacher trainer/ mentor, on a Ministry of Education teacher development project, delivered by the British Council. Additionally she has ten years’ language teaching experience, including six years in China where she also studied Mandarin at Beijing Culture and Language University.

Philippa holds a Master’s degree in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, an Honours degree in English and Theatre Studies from Warwick University, CELTA and a Trinity Diploma in TESOL.

Matt Schofield 马涛

Confucius Institute Manager

Matt is a graduate having achieved a BSc Honours degree from Cardiff University and a Post-Graduate MSc qualification from Manchester Metropolitan University. He has a wealth of experience having worked on a wide range of projects in the private, public and the third sector.

Matt manages the project team and oversees the delivery of all projects for the Confucius Institute. In December 2011, Matt attended the 6th Annual Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing hosted by Hanban. He recently started beginners lessons in learning to speak Mandarin.

Matt has worked on high profile projects such as the Diploma and General Qualifications Support Programmes, delivering key projects to prepare teachers in delivering new practices. Matt also project managed the delivery of the Applied Learning Specialism to over 200 schools in the UK. He is a PRINCE 2 accredited Project Manager and uses the project management methodology as a benchmark in his delivery. Other experience has included a number of international projects, IT system design and implementation, performance review projects, implementing financial supporting systems, customer care and commercial projects.

Naomi Li 李洁华

Project Officer – International Liaison

Naomi gained a BA in English literature from Hainan University in China and two postgraduate law degrees from both Beijing and London universities in 2004. She has previously worked in the field of radio, print and TV journalism for several years including BBC and the Financial Times in both China and England. She has been working in education in her current role as project officer since 2007. She has been teaching Mandarin to supplementary schools and private students in her spare time.

Naomi has been organizing China Camps for English students to visit China and learn about Chinese language and cultures since April 2007. Up to 2011, over 1,500 English students and teachers have taken part in the annual Summer Camps programme to broaden their views and understanding about China. As a project officer for the Chinese Networks, she has helped with the writing and editing of the teaching materials for Jinbu 1 and Jinbu 2 as well as Edexcel GCSE Chinese textbooks. She also works on the day-to-day running of the Confucius Institute.

Nicola Larkin 兰妮

Project Officer – Chinese Networks

Nicola holds a Masters degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BA in History from the University of Glasgow. In 2008, Nicola spent a year teaching English in Foshan City in Guangdong Province. In 2010, she studied Mandarin at the prestigious Nankai University in Tianjin. Nicola has previously worked in the third sector, managing a Chinese arts charity in Glasgow, before joining the IOE Confucius Institute.

Nicola works on the day-to-day running of the Confucius Institute, focusing on the China Study Camps and teacher training events.

Eleanor Stuart 艾利

Project Officer

Eleanor has a background in modern language studies, having graduated from The University of Manchester with a BA in German and Chinese in 2013. During her studies she spent a semester developing her German language skills at Universität Innsbruck in Austria, before spending a year at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou studying Mandarin.

On graduating she undertook an internship role in international student recruitment based in Shanghai before moving back to the UK. Eleanor also has experience in PR for the private sector and before joining the UCL IOE Confucius Institute, she worked with international students in a Higher Education setting.

Eleanor works on the day-to-day running of the Confucius Institute, focusing on the Mandarin Excellence Programme.