Top British school Eton to deliver online lessons to pupils in China

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 June, 2015, 12:51am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 June, 2015, 12:51am

Elite British independent school Eton College has announced it will deliver online Eton-style courses to its cooperative partner schools in China.

The boys' boarding school in Berkshire, southern England, has educated 19 British prime ministers, including current premier David Cameron, as well as members of the British royal family and leading figures in the political and financial fields.

The school said its Eton Online Ventures subsidiary has worked jointly with technology company Eighteen 70 to establish a new company called EtonX, which will team up with leading schools on the mainland to deliver courses.

The project will be launched on the mainland in September with its Modern Leadership Programme which will focus on key skills development in areas such as communication and collaboration.

The programme will include an interactive online learning platform with multimedia content, one-to-one live online tuition delivered by Eton-trained tutors based in Britain, and in-class activities organised by teachers from the students' own school.

Eton said teachers would also travel to China to train and collaborate with local teachers. "We're excited to take Eton into this new online project," said James Stanforth, head of digital education at Eton.

Almost a dozen mainland will be involved in the project initially, with each student paying £700 (HK$8,600) for each semester.