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Developing linguistic skills and intercultural understanding of staff at Our Ladys Catholic Primary School
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our Lady's Catholic Primary School is an average sized one form entry primary school in the north west of England. Following the introduction of compulsory language teaching, we have identified training needs amongst our staff. These are: 1. To improve the language skills and confidence of staff who are delivering French lessons in line with the requirements of the new National Curriculum in England. 2. To form links between teachers, children and other staff in our school and find a partner school in France, in order to share ideas, resources and teaching styles to improve the quality of teaching across all areas of the curriculum in both schools. 3. To develop a better intercultural understanding amongst staff and children and give our school a deeper European dimension. We have chosen to use Key Action 1 funding to allow 4 teachers to attend high quality professional development immersion courses in France. We plan to send these teachers at staged points through a two year project. Each participant will develop their language skills, their intercultural awareness and bring back a flavour of France. They will each then lead training opportunities within school to share their new knowledge and skills maximising the impact throughout school. The courses we have chosen also include opportunities to visit French primary schools. This will hopefully enable us to develop a partnership project in the future. We expect the project to develop staff expertise in language teaching. Amongst the participants are class teachers, the subject leader for Foreign Languages and the deputy head teacher. Each participant will take part in an immersion course in France that will involve intensive, bespoke language classes with a native speaker, immersion in the culture and language, cultural activities, opportunities to collect authentic resources and a visit to a school in France. The project will have significant impact on our school and the wider community in the short and long term. Participants will benefit from improved language skills, competencies and confidence in teaching French to children. Other staff will benefit from dissemination of the experiences of participants. Children will benefit from being taught by teachers with improved language skills. The wider community will benefit from an improved intercultural understanding due to the project. Our long term aim is to have motivated and skilled staff who can ignite our pupils' curiosity of the World and set our future linguists on their path of discovery.
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