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Brindle Gregson Lane Primary School Languages Project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school is a single form entry school with 204 pupils aged 4 to11, the majority of which are White British. Our school was judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted in January 2014 and was described as a “vibrant community school”. We are continually looking at ways to improve and becoming an outstanding school. Our staff team is dedicated and share a common vision for achieving the best outcomes for our children. We are proud of our positive working relationships with parents and place great emphasis on working together to support their child’s learning. We benefit from close partnerships with our local high schools and cluster schools. We currently deliver French in KS2 and have just commenced basic Spanish in Reception. Early evidence suggests this is already having a positive impact on language development in early years. Our plan is to incorporate languages across all age groups for the first time from September 2015, enhance our innovative teaching and resources techniques across the curriculum, and increase our use of ICT and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in language teaching. We would like to share our expertise with parents, through basic language workshops and further develop our supportive role as a “hub school”, offering support and encouragement to other schools within our local authority and enabling them to make links with French and Spanish schools. We are applying for structured training courses which include a school link. The courses provide intensive language training, cultural immersion and activities, teaching methodology focused on primary languages teaching, ways of using ICT to support language learning and the opportunity to spend time in French and Spanish schools, making lasting links with staff and pupils and gaining an understanding of their culture and education system. We plan to use 8 mobilities in France and Spain over a two year period: • Spain – attendance will include; MFL co-ordinator, EYFS teacher, teaching assistant, head and deputy head. This course will focus on the language, intercultural and teaching skills required for commencing delivery of Spanish from September 2015, teaching methodology and a lasting link with the Spanish school. Senior staff involvement will focus on subject management such as timetabling, continuing professional development, progression, strategic school inclusion, school partnership project opportunities, longer term language developments and International Schools Award criteria. • France – attendance by Y5 teacher. To develop language skills, intercultural knowledge and methodology so he could lead delivery of French in Y4, 5 & 6, establish a link with a French school and share learning within our school cluster. One of the main reasons why we wish to carry out this project is to develop new, stronger links with schools in Spain and France to reinvigorate language teaching in school, bring language to life for pupils and support staff and pupils’ intercultural understanding through the opportunity to engage regularly with children in other countries. Our objective is to make use of the opportunity to take part in the mobilities in Spain and France and to ensure that these links are long-lasting and beneficial to all schools. We want our pupils and staff to be excited at the prospect of language learning and to take opportunities to communicate with French and Spanish staff and pupils regularly using the technology available to them. The linguistic confidence of all 8 members of staff attending the mobilities and their understanding of the culture of the country they are visiting will have a significant impact on the school as a whole.

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