Improving teachers’ subject, curriculum knowledge and pupils’ progress in modern foreign languages.
Raising participation rates and performance in MFL
Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance
The project focused on improving the subject knowledge, confidence and teaching skills of key stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 language teachers. It was based on the rationale that this would increase uptake of MFL by pupils at KS4 and KS5.
This was done by a programme of CPD sessions in Greenwich and Lewisham secondary schools where teachers explored research into second language acquisition and discussed how they could put this into practice. Lesson observations helped teachers see how these strategies motivated and enhanced learning.
With languages becoming compulsory at KS2, the project was extended to primary schools. Twelve ‘champions’ received a four day training course, with secondary colleagues, and then cascaded their learning to 23 more schools. Strong collaborative working was a key factor in the project’s success.
The cross phase visits were useful in raising teacher’s awareness of the other phases. Pupil attainment was raised at key stage 2, 3, 4 and 5. Participation levels continue to rise and feedback indicates they will increase further.
This project has provided a firm foundation for future professional development. Importantly it has developed a sustainable model of collaborative professional development.