As a result of the Department’s review of foreign government and organisation support for languages, the agreement with the Confucius Institute will end in early 2020. No new Confucius Classrooms are being established. From Term 1 2020 the department will provide replacement funding for schools to employ teaching assistants to replace volunteer teachers in existing Confucius Classrooms.
The role of a Confucius Classroom is to deliver support at a local level for Chinese language and cultural education.
The Model Confucius Classroom document (PDF 330KB) has been developed for NSW public schools with, or looking to establish, a Confucius Classroom. The document includes:
- a description of the eight fundamental operating elements of a Confucius Classroom, linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
- role statements for key personnel, including the teacher, principal, native speaker assistant and Confucius Institute at NSW Department of Education team
- information about establishing a Confucius Classroom and available support
- contacts and resources.
The first group of Confucius Classrooms affiliated with the Confucius Institute at NSW Department of Education was established in 2013 at the following schools:
- Coffs Harbour High School
- Fort Street High School
- Kingsgrove North High School
- Mosman High School
- Rooty Hill High School
The second group of Confucius Classrooms affiliated with the Confucius Institute at NSW Department of Education was established in 2015 at the following schools: