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Holy Family Language Training
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context/background of our projectHoly Family Primary staff and pupils are in the second year of implementing the Scottish Government initiative ‘Language Learning in Scotland a 1+2 Approach’. Management, teaching staff and support staff are committed to the implementation process and share a vision where our learners feel confident when communicating in different languages, where they are knowledgeable about their European setting and have had regular opportunities to communicate with children in other European countries. As a school, we recognise the positive impact that a sound understanding of languages will have on our learners’ ability to access a wider employment market as they leave education for the workforce.In order to achieve our vision for learners, the school recognises that there are steps we need to take to lay the foundation for full implementation of 1+2 Languages. We need to develop staff competence in languages and support them and build their capacity to facilitate learning. We need to capitalise on their initial success and enthusiasm and put in place the right training to move their learning, and their pupils’ learning, forward and we need to develop pedagogical skills and abilities to develop our languages curriculum, learning and teaching.ObjectivesOur LFEE immersion training project will enable school staff to fully implement the European and Scottish Government's 1+2 Languages policy as we will:• Be able to improve learning and teaching in languages across the school• Have access to new resources, teaching methods and IT approaches to enhance pupil learning• Build links with other European schools to share opportunities to enhance pupil learning• Be able to support partner schools as they improve their languages provision• Be able to support parents in their learning and develop their capacity to support their children’s learning• Build sustainability in our project as skills and understanding will be spread across the staff group• Build pupil capacity to access the world of work as they leave schoolParticipantsColette Murray – (Head Teacher) speaks French but not trained in SpanishAlison Paul – (Class Teacher) good linguist who wants to develop her skillsAbby McKechnie – (Class Teacher) not trained in SpanishRuth Howard – (Admin & Pupil Support) not trained in SpanishJanet Moss – (Pupil Support) speaks French but not trained in SpanishBernardene Coyle – (Pupil Support) not trained in SpanishActivitiesOur mobility and co-operation activity is to take part in the LFEE immersion course in Malaga, Spain.Through participation in training, six school staff will have the opportunity to:• Travel to Malaga and take part in immersion training• Build international learning links and develop a wider learning network• Develop a deeper understanding of the Spanish language• Develop a deeper understanding of Spanish culture• Have access to learning materials to use in class• Be confident in their capacity to converse in Spanish• Be better equipped to support learning on their return to school• Be able to support colleagues to implement the 1+2 Languages initiative• Attain GTCS accreditation for trainingMethodologyStaff will meet with LFEE representatives and West Lothian Council 1+2 Languages Development Officers to discuss the immersion training course and agree preparatory actions.Staff will identify dates for training and organise travel insurance. School will purchase travel tickets on behalf of staff.Staff will engage with training preparatory tasks, reading and research.Staff will participate in immersion training.Following immersion training, staff will meet to feedback on learning, evaluate and plan next steps for implementing their expertise with learnersStaff will work to support learners and other teachers as they implement 1+2 Languages.Staff will invite pupils, partners, parents and carers to school and share their learning.Results and ImpactGreater confidence and ability to teach Modern Foreign LanguagesGreater cultural awareness which can be transferred to pupilsImproved teaching methodology for languages in schoolSpanish embedded in the curriculum and delivered in an ad hoc way throughout the day, supported by the adults in across all stagesSpanish visible throughout the learning environmentImproved resources for SpanishPositive effects on the teaching of French due to improved approaches in SpanishAdults trained and confident when working with childrenChildren challenged and support to learn languagesParents supported to guide and reinforce learning with their childrenLegacyParticipation in LFEE training in Spanish will create a skilled team of adults in the school who will be able to embed Spanish learning and provide expert support to pupils, colleagues, parents and the school community. We will be in a strong position to move 1+2 Languages forward across the school.
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