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Chinese in schools

The Wales China Schools Project was set up to promote Chinese language and culture across schools in Wales through the Confucius Classroom network.

We are currently working with over forty schools who have engaged with us through the Wales China Schools Project.

We offer a range of Chinese language programmes to primary and secondary schools leading to the HSK in secondary schools, or the YCT primary schools. Our Chinese tutors can also work with schools to provide extra-curricular activities through after-school and lunchtime clubs.

Confucius classrooms

Schools with an interest and track-record in offering Chinese may apply to become a Confucius Classroom. As a Confucius Classroom the school is eligible to receive annual funding from Hanban to put towards the delivery of Chinese language and culture teaching. Each Confucius Classroom also receives a dedicated Hanban tutor to deliver Chinese within the school and other schools in its network.

There are currently 19 Confucius Classrooms across Wales, eight of which are managed by Cardiff Confucius Institute, five of which are managed by University of Wales Trinity Saint David Confucius Institute, and six of which are managed by Bangor Confucius Institute. Together, these 19 Confucius Classrooms form the China Wales Schools Project and meet twice a year to attend training and to share best practice.

Our Confucius Classrooms are located in the following schools across Wales:

  • Lansdown Primary
  • St Cenydd Comprehensive
  • Ysgol Aberconwy
  • Eirias High School
  • Argoed High School
  • Cathays High School
  • Millbrook Primary School
  • Ysgol Cwm Rhymni
  • Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn
  • Ysgol Dyffryn Taf
  • Llandovery College
  • Ysgol Penglais
  • Ysgol Bryn Tawe
  • Crickhowell High School
  • Friars School, Bangor
  • Holyhead High
  • Our Lady’s RC School, Bangor
  • Ysgol Esgob Morgan
  • Ysgol Hirradug.

China weeks and taster days

China weeks and taster days allow pupils to grasp a basic appreciation of China and Chinese language and culture. Workshops can be tailored to best meet the needs of the pupils and schools, and might include activities such as:

  • Tai Chi
  • Chinese cooking
  • Chinese handicrafts
  • Calligraphy
  • Mandarin language
  • Chinese history
  • Chinese dance and early morning exercises
  • Chinese songs
  • Traditional face and mask painting.

Schools can opt to end the week with a presentation or assembly where the pupils can demonstrate what they have learnt to the rest of the school and parents.


Vicky Ucele

Vicky Ucele

Wales China Schools Project Manager - Cardiff Confucius Institute

+44 (0)29 2087 5602