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CPD for staff to boost skills in language learning and teaching and sharing best practice.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Over the last nine years we have delivered Spanish as our MFL. As a result of participation in previous Comenius projects, we have established a mutually beneficial relationship with our partner school, hosting visits of Spanish staff and taking groups of children to Madrid on three occasions. .We are committed to continuing this close contact as we have seen first hand the impact that this experience has had on our pupils. In order to achieve this we need to participate in further projects so that we establish an enduring legacy of the love of languages within the school amongst both pupils and staff. We are aware that we need to continue to develop staff at all levels to be able to take part in embedding the European Dimension across the curriculum. We aim for all staff and pupils from year 1 - year 6 to be involved as it is not possible to achieve the aim of making the European/Spanish Dimension a key part of our school life without involving everyone. To this end, we hope that by participating in further courses, more staff will engage with developing the use of Spanish across the curriculum. In addition to the courses attended in April 2016/17, we will continue to arrange visits for our Y5 pupils and develop and share resources with our partner school. In the longer term, we hope that our new members of staff will join our project so ensuring its longevity. We also aim to use these courses to support the professional development of staff, particularly in project management, curriculum planning and the leading of working groups. Our school is very much a community school where the parents are engaged in a real way with the work of the school and we aim to involve them in such things as curriculum days, the Madrid visits by pupils and by ensuring they understand the importance to the school of this approach. Our project will be inclusive of all and will give status to those involved through leading the project, designing new curriculum material and disseminating and evaluating the outcomes. All participants will enhance their language competence, develop their leadership skills, hone their training skills, improve their cultural understanding and ensure that the pupils at St Paul's receive the highest quality of support in Spanish. This will enthuse and motivate the pupils to love languages and to continue with their learning, at least to GCSE. This will be monitored long term through the connections at the local secondary schools.
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