Chinese Language and Cultural Programmes

Red chinese dragon in school
Students watch a Chinese Dragon Dance as part of the celebrations for Chinese New Year in their school.

The British Council offers a range of programmes to connect teachers and students with their counterparts in China, and bring an authentic and engaging experience of Chinese language and culture into the classroom.

China Bridge

UK head teachers can apply for a one-week visit to China, for professional development, networking and encouraging the teaching of Mandarin and Chinese culture at your school.

Language Assistants

A Language Assistant offers great support for teachers, bringing youth, enthusiasm and up-to-date knowledge of the language into the classroom.

Chinese Language and Culture Resources

A suite of creative teaching resources to bring Chinese language and culture alive in the classroom and assemblies.

Mandarin Excellence Programme

The Mandarin Excellence Programme is a new intensive language programme, funded by the Department for Education, which will see at least 5,000 school pupils in England on track to fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.