We are proud to work with ISEB to write the Level 1 and Level 2 Common Entrance curriculum and online assessment in Chinese. Dragons’ Primary School Chinese has been endorsed as the official series for the assessment.
Macmillan Education Australia has partnered with us to market and distribute our popular Secondary School Chinese textbook and blended learning series in Australia.
Our team wrote the popular AQA GCSE Chinese Textbook Series, which has been endorsed by AQA. Our course provides learners with everything they need to succeed in the new GCSE specification.
Recognition for Dragons
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The kids are learning a lot and enjoy the lessons very much.Sanz Sierra
We organised Mandarin lessons for our team because we work with Chinese brands and thought it would be a fun activity to do together. Dragons did not disappoint. Our excellent teacher pitched the learning content perfectly and not only did we learn, we enjoyed it enormously. Dragons comes highly recommended and we would love to work with them again in the futureHub TV
Dragons Teaching, led by Marcus Reoch, have been providing Mandarin lessons as part of the MFL curriculum at Kingston Grammar School since 2013. The thorough planning and structure of the Mandarin course, the provision of materials, textbooks workbooks and online resources, and most of all the professionalism and enthusiasm by Marcus and his team have meant, that Mandarin very quickly established itself as an integral part of the MFL Department at KGS. Pupils have been studying the language enthusiastically and are motivated to continue to IGCSE level. I have been impressed with the teachers as well as the resources and the fun way in which the Mandarin curriculum has been delivered to our pupils. The seamless integration in the curriculum, the detailed feedback on pupils’ progress and performance and the quality of the resources used are important factors in the success of Mandarin at our school and I look forward to continuing our relationship with Dragons for many years to come.Tanja M Russell
I really have enjoyed working with you and Dragons and have appreciated your thoroughly professional approach. The teachers you have sent us and the service you have provided have been top notch!Philippa Millward
We very much enjoy working with Dragons Teaching. They have been nothing other than flexible and professional in their dealings with City of London School, cooperating with us to ensure a dynamic and effective introduction to Mandarin for all our First Form pupils. We are now embarking on the GCSE course and we have every confidence that Marcus and his team will support us successfully. The structure, pace and demands of the course have been carefully planned and the team has worked well in our highly-selective, academic environment. I first came across Marcus when I was Head of Kingston Grammar School. He set up Mandarin teaching for us there too and was a pleasure to work with.Sarah Fletcher
Dragons strongly encouraged The Charter School to bring Mandarin Chinese into the Year 7 curriculum back in 2010. Since then, the language has grown dramatically in interest and it is now taught by Dragons teachers from Year 7 up to Year 11 at which point they sit the GCSE. We have always very much enjoyed working with Dragons and found their teaching staff and teaching materials to meet all the high expectations of both our pupils and parents.Christian Hicks
The children have learnt to say hello, goodbye and thank you, as well as how to use chopsticks. It’s a great way of celebrating Chinese New Year and also takes the sting out of learning Chinese!Sutton Veny Primary School
Dragons are the authors of the ISEB’s Mandarin Chinese online assessments (Level 1 and 2). The online versions of ISEB’s Mandarin Chinese examination papers have been well received by both our schools and our language teams. They are an exciting part of the Board’s development plans and we look forward to offering more online assessments in the future.Ann Entwisle
Just to say thank you to you and the Dragons team for organising the trip. Juliet had an excellent time in China – and I am sure too her Chinese will have improved markedly. I was struck by the variety of activities they undertook in such a short time – and of course the alternative culture they were exposed to I am sure will have been an eye opener for many of them. Once again many thanks.Mike Sheperd
Class teachers told me how great you and your teachers were. Liked all the resources and activities. A twitter has gone out with a link to Dragons Teaching. Many thanks!Sarah Putt
Dragons is an exemplary provider of Mandarin teaching. I have worked with them for more than six years and the results they have achieved teaching young people in a non-selective comprehensive in Inner London have been spectacular. The quality of the curriculum, the outstanding nature of their teaching and their ability to work seamlessly within a school’s timetable are all factors that have contributed to that success. Every year pupils achieved some of the highest results for Mandarin in external exams across England. The opportunity for young people from less advantaged backgrounds to learn a language, that historically is only offered at highly selective or independent schools, will undoubtedly improve their life chances as they progress beyond school.Lin Proctor
Dragons is the most effective language teaching scheme in England; not just the most effective Chinese language teaching scheme. The scheme inspires young people, makes sure they are successful and provides a rigorous examination structure that ensures the young people become real speakers, readers and writers of Chinese. It is particularly effective for pupils whose primary language is English. The flexible, innovatory way Dragons works with schools means that it is equally engaging in the highest performing schools as it is in those with the greatest social challenge. Around 500 pupils from age 11 to 16 have successfully completed either ISEB or GCSE courses at the Charter School (my former school, where Mandarin was introduced on curriculum). The focus of the curriculum and teaching offered by Dragons is always on highly proficient and confident speakers readers and writers of Mandarin.
I have had the benefit of seeing Dragons work in two very different schools in London. In both schools Dragons had a positive, transformational impact – not just on the pupils studying Mandarin but on the culture of the school. Dragons provided excitement, innovation and aspiration to the curriculum and the young people.
With guidance from Marcus and the excellent teachers at Dragons, we introduced Mandarin into our curriculum in Years 4 and 5 six years ago. It has very much complemented and extended our Modern Foreign Language curriculum. The teachers are fantastic, inspiring the girls to learn through the online resources and painting a picture of the Chinese culture. The girls have done incredibly well in the ISEB Common Entrance exams at the end of the programme in Year 5. They are confident speakers, readers and writers of Mandarin. All of the girls from Nursery to Year 6 have also enjoyed learning about the traditions of the Chinese New Year by taking part in interactive workshops run by Dragons.Dina Hamalis
Our students were mixed ages, always a difficult audience, but they were thoroughly engrossed and interested in the fast-paced varied activities. The session was informative and very memorable and the students still remember words they learnt!Murray Park School
I have worked with Marcus at Dragons for many years and I have always been impressed with his efficient, friendly, professional and forward thinking approach to his work within schools. Marcus introduced Mandarin to Surbiton High School in 2012 and it has become an ever popular subject which the pupils at Prep School and Senior School, who enjoy the diversity of his classes and learn new language skills to equip them for the future. The Mandarin teachers are very friendly and approachable and the teaching and learning is fun. Dragons Teaching has always been enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with.Ann Haydon
Thank you very much for sending us these photos and updates all week and for evidently giving the girls a wonderful, memorable and interesting trip. All the reports back have been very positive! You have given up precious time with your families and from your leave and we are very grateful to you. I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more about it all in more detail from Eliza! Have a good journey back. Thank you also to all at Dragons Teaching for the superb organisation and planning that have made it all possible.Susanna
Bethany School have been delighted to work with Dragons Teaching as our partners in introducing and delivering Mandarin this year. The quality of their Programme is excellent and our Year 7 pupils have really enjoyed their learning experience with the lessons being delivered to an outstanding standard. The pupils have particularly enjoyed the interactive online resources which form the basis of much of their prep and have made excellent progress as a result. We have been delighted with the support that Dragons Teaching provide for their teacher and the school and we have been impressed with their highly professional approach. They are proactive in managing and monitoring the quality of delivery. Furthermore, we have been so pleased with how the Programme has gone this year we will be adding to the Year 8 curriculum next year for all pupils.Steve Winter
At Queen’s Gate, we employed Dragons to introduce Mandarin to our Junior School in January 2015 and it was such an outstanding success that in September 2015, this was extended further in the Junior School and also introduced in Years 7 and 9 in the Senior School. In September 2016, Mandarin teaching will be further extended to GCSE in Year 10.
Dragons have been very well received – the staff are knowledgeable, approachable and have very good classroom presence. They make the lessons fun, whilst ensuring that the girls learn. The enthusiasm of the girls is outstanding – they really enjoy the lessons and also the interactive resources outside class. When asked why they enjoy Mandarin, the girls say that it is very different from other languages and they love the lessons – and the teachers.
From a School’s point of view, Dragons is a very good company to work with. They respond quickly to any query and are very accommodating with times of lessons and requests. They provide a very good service, including the writing of reports and attendance at Parents’ Evening. They fit seamlessly into our School routine and provide “value for money”.
I am pleased that Dragons has grown from strength to strength over the years. What is special about the development of Dragons is its connection with SOAS where I teach. Our current and past pupils of Chinese have worked for Dragons and they continue to attract our pupils, providing them with an alternative way of combining their Chinese language learning and gaining valuable work experience where their Chinese language skills play an important role. Their experience may open a new channel for their future career development.Dr Song Lianyi
I have used Dragons for over two years, the tutors are very high quality, dedicated, punctual, encouraging and supportive of my children. My daughter did her GCSE Mandarin aged 14 and got an A, my youngest daughter wants to do her GCSE at 13. I hope to use Dragons to A Level with my childrenS. Read
All the kids came out of school really enthused – in fact never seen them so enthusiastic after school! And full of interesting facts!Maple Walk School
Dragons Teaching, who provide teachers to our school, organised and accompanied us on our inaugural school trip to Beijing. This provided a well-planned, inspiring and unforgettable experience for the pupils. Xiexie!Betsan Williams