About the programme

The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) is being delivered by the UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and in partnership with the British Council. The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020. The programme also aims to:

  • train a sufficient number of teachers to support the programme;
  • embed effective, sustainable teaching practices that will continue to increase the number of pupils studying Mandarin beyond the life of the programme
  • give pupils an immersive experience of China through digital media and visits to China for some pupils.