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CPD for staff to enhance and develop language skills and share best practice.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We began delivering Spanish during the school year 2013/14 in preparation for the new primary national curriculum becoming statutory. Our work has been supported by the borough and following staff inset our teaching staff began delivering timetabled Spanish lessons once a week from year 1 to year 6. Our children have been enthused by language teaching and it has been wonderful to see staff delivering this new curriculum area with such confidence and accuracy. Our work has enabled us to access the expertise of Spanish teachers across the borough and we have already made a number of purposeful links with local secondary schools, inviting Key Stage 3 students and their Spanish teachers, to work with our children across the school to further enhance their Spanish skills. Further to this, we have also made an international link with a Primary school in Madrid. Our year 4 children have already sent and received letters and will continue to use this as a means to develop their skills in writing Spanish which in turn will enable the children at our link school to develop their own written English skills. The children across the school have also benefitted from this link and we have been able to use media clips of the Spanish school’s celebrations to further our own children’s intercultural breadth of awareness. Funding will enable key members of staff, as part of the organised course, to visit the school in Madrid, strengthening the link, observing teaching methods and disseminating their approaches to staff and using the observed experiences of the children there to inform greater contextual relevance for our Spanish lessons and more developed cultural understanding at a more personalised level for each child. We are aware that we need to continue to develop staff at all levels to be able to take part in embedding the European/Spanish dimension across the curriculum. To this end, we hope that by participating in further courses, more staff will engage with developing the use of Spanish across the curriculum. We also aim to use these courses to support the ongoing professional development of staff, particularly in project management, curriculum planning and the leading of working groups. As the majority of teaching staff are not Spanish speakers, the courses and experiences accessed as a result of funding will enable a more self-informed approach to Spanish teaching and though the coordinator would still lead this curriculum area, individual staff would be able to bring their own developed skills to enhance the quality of the MFL curriculum for which they are responsible for delivering. Our school is very much a community school where parents and carers are engaged in a real way with the work of the school and we aim to involve them in such things as curriculum days and special events such as Hispanic weeks and international evenings. It is our intention to involve parents and carers in sharing the vision of enhance international and intercultural practise and in ensuring they are involved in the understanding of how the school is achieving this so that they, in turn can influence it with greater opportunities for the school to access their expertise and celebrate a collaborative approach. Our project will be inclusive of all and will give status to those involved in the project, designing new curriculum materials and disseminating and evaluating the outcomes. All participants will enhance their language competence, develop their leadership skills, improve their cultural understanding and ensure that the pupils at William Patten receive the highest quality of support in Spanish. This will enthuse and motivate the pupils to love languages.
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