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Staff CPD to improve language skills and gain cultural awareness
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At present we have one HLTA who teaches French across KS2, but our aim is to develop the skills of all staff in order to accelerate pupil progress in French, and extend French across the curriculum.We are looking to develop staff competence and skills in the French language, with the aim of ensuring that our children make good progress in the French language and develop confidence in using French conversationally. We want them to grow with an awareness of the wider world and their place as European and global citizens.Through participation in the project staff will become better skilled and more confident with the French language, and be able to lead colleagues in a whole-school project to raise the profile of French and French culture across the school.The children will gain increased enjoyment in their French lessons, becoming more familiar and confident with the language. They will have a purpose for their learning in their partnership activities, and will be greater motivated to apply their learning and skills.The project will be open to all staff, and we would want to send 5 participants on each mobility to Perpignan. On mobility 1 the focus would be on class teachers who would be able to lead and guide other staff towards mobility 2. On mobility 2 we would open up the opportunity to all staff so that the French language really does become part of our school practice rather than only one lesson a week. Group 1 would bring back a new vision of what we can do in school, and how they can inspire others. Staff would create their own mini-projects. Group 2 would go with a more specific, more informed idea of their aims.The activities during the mobilities would include intensive French language lessons, visits to places of interest in Perpignan and the surrounding area, e.g. a visit to the cathedral and palace as a starting point for an art/architecture project.In school activities would include Year 5 pupils working with KS1 children to introduce the French language; staff meetings to share the experiences of the mobilities and to share ideas for activities to develop the use of French in school; French language lessons to improve staff language skills; team teaching of French, and observations of good practice; meetings with colleagues in other schools to share learning.Targets will be set; an assessment of the language skills of participants will be made at the beginning and at the end of the project; monitoring of pupil data in French acquisition; an evaluation of the language course and of the project.We envisage that by the end of the project we will have a wealth of skills and experience in the French language within the staff, and this will be disseminated to all staff so we have a whole school approach to the teaching of French.Staff will be confident in teaching French and pupils will be making good progress in French, and will have developed a love of languages and an awareness of life beyond Edmonton.

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