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Surrey Square Language Project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our proposed project would target French language competency in Key Stage 2 teachers at Surrey Square Primary School, following the new statutory status of MFL in primary schools. Surrey Square is a school situated on the Aylesbury estate in Southwark, South East London. The estate is the largest in the country and the school serves the 'global majority', since 90% of pupils are from non-white British heritages. French is taught by 8 class teachers in Key Stage 2, supported by a specialist French subject leader. These teachers are not linguists and confidence to deliver the language provision varies greatly between individuals. As a school, the objective is to raise the confidence, proficiency and enthusiam of all our staff to a good level. We aim to achieve this by sending all 8 teachers and the subject coordinator on a language course together within the coming year. For this year-long project, these teachers (including NQTs, experienced teachers and the MFL leader) would participate in a week-long residential French course at the Centre International d'Antibes. This course is accredited by Eaquals and other organisations; it is already accessed by other schools in the borough. The content includes pure language learning, teaching methodology and contact with local schools. Before embarking on the project, we would collect opinions on language teaching and learning from both staff and pupils in Key Stage 2 in the form of a staff subject audit and pupil questionnaire. During the term following the return of the course participants, this process would be repeated in order to measure the impact of the project. Predicted results are: increased basic spoken French language and grammar ability; a new enthusiasm and passion for the subject as a whole key stage, thereby raising the profile of MFL amongst both staff and children; links established with schools and organisations in Europe, enriching the experiences of the children at our school and beyond. As well as impacting the school itself, the project would also reach parents and the wider local community. The subsequent termly Community Evening, where parents are invited to watch presentations about the school by students and teachers, would be French themed. Pupils and staff would share their new enthusiasm for language learning and food from France and other French speaking countries would be enjoyed together.
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