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Staff Professional Development: Learning and Teaching French
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Law Learns French It is our aim that by 2020 all children at Law Primary School will be using French as part of the curriculum and of their daily lives in school. In accordance with the Scottish Government's 1+2 languages initiative, in accordance with the Barcelona agreement of 2002, we are in the first year of a programme to deliver an increasingly ambitious programme of language learning to all our pupils. As part of the pilot cluster we are at the forefront of this in East Lothian and want to equip our teachers with the necessary skills and competences to deliver a successful language learning. Our teachers need to feel confident in the delivery of French and the aim of our project is for them to be immersed in the language and culture of France, so that they improve their fluency and learn about current methodologies most suited to the teaching of a foreign language. The opportunity to visit French schools and gain an insight into a different education system will be of enormous benefit to their own professional development and to the wider school community. It is our desire to train 8 teachers as part of this project. We currently have 21 classes but a major expansion means that this will grow to 28 over the next three to four years. A critical mass of trained personnel is crucial to the success of this project so that the knowledge and expertise gained can be shared with the wider staff team. The chosen provider, Le Francais en Ecosse is a well regarded and experienced provider and the courses include intensive language and methodology lessons, learning about French culture and way of life, including the French education system. A programme of cultural events will enhance the programme and teachers will be able to explore potential partnership arrangements. The school has an established culture of global citizenship and the training will continue the journey that teachers have already embarked upon by starting their own learning in French or refreshing skills from earlier in their careers. We anticipate that there will be a significant impact on the whole school, including the parent body, and will bring to life the learning of French by placing it at the heart of the school.
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