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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As a lead teaching school with responsibility for coordinating several projects including school direct and supporting PGCE and BA students, we need to continually develop and improve our practice. The teaching of languages is already a priority for our school but we wish to use this project to develop and improve our provision further. We want to improve our staffs confidence and competence in the Spanish language and knowledge of Spanish culture. We also want them to have access to new and innovative teaching methods. This will then lead to an improvement in our own teaching and also in our ability to support training teachers and the schools that we work with in our training school capacity. We want to ensure that we have an exemplary learning environment and high quality, authentic and up-to-date resources that will engage and motivate our pupils and also act as an example for other schools. We will develop links with the school in Spain as part of this project. This will allow us to share good practice with Spanish teachers and develop positive working relationships and friendships that will then lead to great benefits for both schools. We will develop joint curriculum projects as a result of forming these links which will bring language learning to life for our pupils and give them a clear context and motivation to learn. In particular, we wish to develop a large-scale curriculum project involving our school, our Spanish link school and special schools in Spain and the UK. We will embed languages across the life of our school and into our daily routines. We will also greatly increase our cross curricular links which will lead to reinforcement of learning and better attainment. We plan to take part in immersion training courses in Spain over the course of two years. We would like to involve six members of staff from across our school in these courses. (We plan to include teaching and support staff, senior managers and a business manager.) The courses involve intensive language learning through native speaker teachers, methodology, and culture sessions. There will be opportunities to discuss important issues relating to language learning and all participants will be placed in a Spanish school given the opportunity to develop strong links and take time to discuss joint curriculum projects with Spanish colleagues. Taking part in this intensive training will mean that members of staff will have the language skills, cultural knowledge and understanding of methodology necessary to allow them to provide a good model to trainee teachers and staff from other schools. The impact on the individual participants will include the development of their confidence in speaking Spanish which will enable them to deliver more effective Spanish lessons. The impact on the school will include an improvement in the level of our pupils’ Spanish, a curriculum enriched with more international links, heightened intercultural understanding in the school setting and the profile of writing in FL developed through email links. Impact on our pupils will include more enjoyment of their language learning and more positive attitudes towards languages and other cultures. We want our pupils to have an extremely positive experience of languages in our school leading them to want to continue to learn languages in the future and to increase their career aspirations and consider the options of living and working in other countries.
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