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Staff CPD to embed Spanish across the curriculum and gain cultural awareness
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Martin Primary School is an expanding school in the borough of Barnet in North London. We have a diverse intake of pupils with 52 languages spoken at the school. With such a culturally diverse intake, our school prides itself in celebrating other cultures and fostering a tolerance in children for all those around them. In the past the school has taken part in two successful Comenius projects and has maintained links with these schools from around Europe as well as maintaining a link with a school in China. This year we have become an expert centre for the Global Learning Programme within Barnet which fosters links and encourages likeminded schools to share affective practises on how to deliver teaching about key development and global issues within primary and secondary schools.There are five key objectives to this project; to raise the competence and confidence of our staff in delivering parts of the curriculum in Spanish; to integrate global links within the new curriculum to help children become more active citizens; to develop further children and staffs confidence in communication using ICT; to use our school link to enhance our curriculum and to learn from their CLIL; to create opportunities for staff to deliver leadership and management skills. Over the proposed two year project we hope to send a total of 8 members of staff to structured courses and training events in Madrid. These mobilities will be open to all members of staff though we hope to focus the first mobility on sending 4 subject leaders, and on the following mobility, members of staff who the subject leaders have mentored and passed their training onto. Throughout this two year project we hope to send staff on two mobilities to Spain for intensive training and to meet our partner school. Before the first mobility takes place, we will have a whole school International day to launch the project, celebrating the wide variety of languages spoken in the school and with an emphasis on building relationships with international schools. Following this, as well as sending out initial monitoring/ evaluation questionnaires to staff and students and creating an Erasmus + notice board in the school reception, we will carry out pre-visit activities with the children. This will involve both a PSHE project, where the children will have the chance to introduce themselves and their local community to our partner school, and an art project looking at the cultural influence of art in Spain. Children will also exchange Christmas cards, emails and videos with their partner school. Once participants are chosen for the first mobility, targets and a plan of action will be agreed. Following the first mobility, follow up activities will be completed by both staff and children. Staff who were involved in the mobility will share skills and training with the rest of the staff body. An evaluation of the outcomes of the first mobility will be undertaken. Updates of the project and the progress made so far will be put into the school newsletter and on to the school website and the Erasmus + notice board will continue to be updated. Activities planned with partner schools will be undertaken and communication using ICT will continue to be maintained, for example, emailing, Skype sessions and podcasting. Participants for mobility 2 will be selected and targets will be set. After the second mobility, an evaluation of the whole project will be made with evaluations being completed by subject leaders, attendants of mobility 2 and staff and children. A final report about the project will go in the school newsletter and website. A whole school Spanish day will celebrate the end of the project. We hope that this project will enhance the Spanish speaking of our staff and in turn of the children, through embedding it within the curriculum and providing real life experiences for them to use their language skills. Furthermore, we hope that the project and opportunities to link with our partner school will help to develop our children as active citizens and help them to understand what it means to be part of a global world. We also hope that this project will help to develop the confidence and competence of our members of staff in their ICT skills. We aim to use ICT in order to communicate with our partner school in Madrid and for a sustained and developed relationship using multimedia technology. We hope that we will be able to integrate Spanish into the teaching of Art and PSHE and to also use their culture in these lessons. We hope that this focus will continue after the project to encourage children to learn about and embrace different cultures around the world. Finally, we am that all members of staff will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and management skills. This will hopefully lead to some members of staff being able to apply for positions and use their training received.
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