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Professional development for staff to increase language learning, confidence and sharing good practice throughout the school
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project is aimed to be a stimulus for and promotion of the teaching of Spanish, as we are at the start of having this as our modern foreign language, in line with the subject becoming a compulsory part of the curriculum from September 2014, and are keen to keep up the momentum of this exciting period in Brettenham’s history. The objectives of the project are get the staff, from TAs to SLT upskilled in the Spanish language and culture, so that Spanish can be embedded across the school and encourage cross-curricular links. The 2002 document ‘Languages for All: Languages for Life’ acknowledgement contains statements that are as true today as they were back then, and views held by Brettenham: e.g. ‘The ability to understand and communicate in another language is increasingly important in our society and the global economy. Languages contribute to the cultural and linguistic richness of our society, to personal fulfilment, mutual understanding, commercial success, international understanding and global citizenship’. Over the course of the project, we would expect up to 12 staff members to participate, from SLT to support staff. The main activities of the course will include cultural visits and language skill sessions. A variety of methodology will be used that will include VAK learning styles, digital technology, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with linguistic and cultural immersion. As a result of the project, participants will have greater knowledge and confidence in teaching and embedding Spanish language and culture, and in training others, which will impact favourably on their CPD on an already exciting curriculum being taught to the children. The potential longer term benefits will be that Spanish will become a high profile and successful subject at Brettenham which will increase pupil enjoyment and attainment the the language and across the curriculm and their knowledge and understanding of the European Dimension.
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