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Ashton Hayes Global Dimensions Immersion
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Ashton Hayes Primary School is a smaller than average primary school located in a rural area of Cheshire West and Chester. Attainment on entry to Reception Class is generally at or below expected levels of attainment. Children leave the school attaining levels above the national average - for the academic year 2013-14 Ashton Hayes was in the top 10 performing schools in the Authority. As well as the Headteacher there are 7 teachers, 8 Teaching Assistants, 2 Office Staff, 7 Midday Supervisors and two Kitchen Staff. We have a degree level trained Teaching Assistant who delivers French to all age-groups from 4 years old. The Headteacher has previous experience of creating a link with a French school and is keen to develop this practice in this organisation. At present, there is one teacher who delivers French Language lessons to the whole school. With the introduction of the new curriculum, we would like to increase the capacity of teachers to deliver language and cultural studies. The objectives for the project are as follows: - Improve language skills - Further understanding of European Culture and lifestyles. - Improved professional development of staff. - Confidence to deliver language and cultural lessons in a variety of contexts. There will be five participants who will visit France over the project period of two years and learn about French culture and language. Participants will increase their understanding of French culture and improve their language skills to develop their practice in delivering Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures in school. Their class will benefit from the knowledge gained by their class teacher and will in turn improve their language skills and their understanding of French culture. Colleagues in school will be trained by the participants and therefore extend the numbers of language teachers across the school giving the children more opportunities to practice and develop their language and cultural skills. All children will improve their language skills and their understanding of European cultures. Network and cluster schools will be invited to hear feedback from the project and the Lead Teachers will present the impact of the project at a cluster meeting. Parents will be invited to attend a French Day in School to work alongside the children and participants in follow-up work from the project. Governors will also be invited to attend the Parent Day and the Link governor for Modern Foreign Languages will review the project and report to the Governing Body. Ashton Hayes Primary School has a vision that in the medium term term (5 years), the children will develop as confident, emerging language learners. We wish to develop their skills and ensure that they progress to secondary school well-rounded European citizens.
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