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School European Professional Dev Project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our management team has identified that we have strong existing international links however these opportunities are not always accessible to all students within the school and our students would benefit from becoming much more internationally aware in the particular context of Europe. The Languages Department would like to increase the confidence and further increase the proficiency in French, German and Spanish of all five experienced staff within the department. In particular, native speakers would like to increase their proficiency in their second or third languages and non-native teachers would like to increase their fluency in their first teaching language and increase their second language skills. We hope that this will increase flexibility of staff and enable us to increase language provision across the school. Furthermore, we anticipate that there will be more opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of good practice between Languages Department staff; as a larger number of staff will be able to teach a wider range of key stages. We hope that the upgrading of department members' language skills will mean that staff return with improved language competencies, incredibly enthused and more knowledgeable of their respective target language cultures. It is hoped that this enthusiasm will be transferred to pupils via improved classroom practice and therefore, create more enthusiastic language learners of the future. The Languages Department is also undertaking a three Associate Department project with the Prince's Teaching Institute with the aim of increasing awareness of target language culture to improve the motivation in MFL learning . Therefore, they would like non-native staff to further increase their knowledge of target language culture. Furthermore, the links made with other staff on the in-service training will prove very useful in further developing our very successful e-twinning and exchange projects. The impact of all the above will be tangible in the increased quality of language provision within the school and this will be of direct, positive benefit to our students and hopefully encourage them to be more active EU citizens in the future which we, as a school, feel is incredibly important in our increasingly globalised world. This training, for us, will be the starting point of a continuous process of international CPD for teachers in our department.
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