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Sustainable Language Provision for All
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We wish to develop a large scale, ambitious project which will have a profound impact on our school in the short and long term, and impact greatly on other schools in our locality, our local community and beyond. We want to broaden the horizons of our pupils and help them to understand more about other cultures through improved resources and more contacts with native speakers. We wish to improve the way we teach , introducing more languages, improved methodology and resources, new innovative ideas and establishing school as a source of support for others within our area. We are a large school with a large staff team. We work closely with our local authority language adviser and we are fully aware of the importance of developing a sustainable model of language provision that will be resistant to changes in staffing and of the importance of embedding language learning across our curriculum and within the life of our school. We are determined to work together as a whole school to achieve the best possible model of language provision and to become a beacon of good practice and a source of support for other schools. Through this project we want to develop the teaching and learning of languages in our school and to offer our staff high quality opportunities for CPD. We want all our staff to be involved in the teaching of languages from early years to year six, allowing us to build a sustainable model of language provision. We want to increase the number of languages taught in our school, introducing Spanish and increasing our provision of French, improve our teaching methods and increase creativity. We want languages and intercultural understanding to become embedded into every part of our school life and to continue to find innovative ways to extend our children’s learning. We also want to introduce more ICT to support the teaching of languages. Another aim is to develop international links. We want to improve attainment from our pupils and will particularly focus on our Pupil Premium children through offering them a range of language learning opportunities. We plan to involve parents more in the life of our school and increase links with local cluster schools and secondary schools. We plan to achieve these aims through a two-year project involving training courses in France and Spain. These courses will make a great contribution to our staff’s ability to teach languages confidently throughout the primary years. We will involve our senior Management Team in this initiative. Language teaching will be built into every aspect of our school life. The training will develop new teaching strategies and allow us to gather authentic resources to improve the way we teach languages in our school and allow us to be more creative in our curriculum. We will also establish links with schools in France and Spain and share our innovative approaches to learning with partner schools through joint projects. The staff involved in the visits will then take part in dissemination and training of other staff to pass on the benefits. All staff will receive training during this project through our follow-up, dissemination and training activities. The impact on our school would include: staff better trained and more confident to teach or support the teaching of French or Spanish to any level within primary; improved teaching and learning and an extension of provision leading to better opportunities for our learners. Children will have the opportunity to learn two languages or more and from this will further their understanding of how languages work, leading to better attainment in English. They will have more opportunities for enrichment activities as there will be an extension in provision of French and Spanish clubs, and languages will be embedded into other extracurricular activities. We will also have more celebration events in our school based on skills and knowledge acquired during this project. We will have improved resources, and our teaching will be more creative and active. The children will also have the benefit of developing further links with the schools in France and Spain. Increased parental involvement will also impact on our children’s learning, and the links we hope to develop with our secondary schools will lead to better transition arrangements and a better, more coherent language learning experience for our children in the long term. We particularly hope to have an impact on the learning and attainment of our Pupil Premium children. Our curriculum will be broad and balanced and we will embed languages and intercultural understanding in the daily life of our school. Our school will act as a hub for MFL for other schools in our area. We will pass on all the skills, knowledge and resources that we gain on these courses and during the project to the other schools with whom we work.
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