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School European Professional Development
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At Harry Gosling, we have been teaching French to KS2 children for four years through a native-speaker tutor who visits the school twice a week. Our aim is to develop French so that class teachers have the confidence and basic linguistic knowledge to incorporate French in everyday school life and across the curriculum. Our objective is that, by 2018, all KS2 teachers will be fully engaged in their class's French lessons, and that they will model French with good pronunciation and linguistic accuracy. We aim for French to become a fully integrated part of school life, with staff members leading by example and inspiring the children.Our vision for MFL teaching at Harry Gosling is to children to love learning a new language and to understand about being a European citizen. We want to encourage children to be curious about other languages to prepare them for future. The funding would give staff a real boost and encourage them to be motivated and motivate others so that our school has a truly international dimension. This will be a stepping stone towards partnership projects with other schools in French speaking countries.The participants in this project will be six class teachers (at least 1 from each year group in KS2), whose involvement in French lessons is restricted by a lack of confidence and subject knowledge. We will attend an intensive language course in France, at a school recommended by the borough's MFL coordinator. The class teachers will attend language lessons with a pedagogical focus, and enrich their linguistic skills with target language immersion and cultural activities.The course will be attended once annually for two years, so that progress can be developed and built upon over the time of the project. Regular French lessons will run by the school MFL coordinator, with support from the local authority MFL network, to prepare for and consolidate the courses abroad.The results of this professional development will empower the class teachers play an active and important role in their pupils' languages education. Their involvement in lessons will improve the quality of teaching and promote a positive international culture in the classroom. They will be better equipped to integrate French into other areas of the curriculum, as part of a whole school project. With more teachers trained in MFL education, it will create a shared responsibility for its teaching, and lessen the dependence on an external tutor, so that Harry Gosling can develop its long-term MFL provision.
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