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Courses & Programmes
What do we offer?
- an audit of existing provision and resources
- preparation and planning
- building capacity
- embedding good practice
Whether you are starting from scratch, re-thinking due to circumstances, working with new colleagues to the school, or just checking that everything is in place, we can offer a bespoke audit service with follow-up advice and support.
Cost: £90 per hour
(An audit usually takes two hours in school and a further hour of writing up conclusions/passing on advice.)
Niveau Bleu (Primary)
Next dates: tbc
Cost: £200 - for a school programme*
Cost: £150 – training/resources for one school/teacher
Cost: £75 – Headteacher briefings
(* reductions and special offers are available for schools who are members of the TLNW networks)
Niveau Bleu is designed by Catherine Cheater for use by non-specialist language teachers in Primary Schools to help them deliver the new requirements for Primary Languages. This course is supported by IFRU, ALL and delivered through the Network for Languages.
It incorporates material recorded by native speakers and a series of lessons suitable for Year 3 and 4 pupils. It also offers support to teachers in improving their own language skills and confidence in French.
We can train a teacher to use and deliver the programme in two afternoons of training, or work to train a whole school staff or group of teachers in a school in two afternoon/twilight sessions.
- Getting started – taking the fear out of teaching French
- Year 3 Autumn Term – modules 1 and 2
- Year 3 Spring Term – modules 3 and 4
- Year 3 Summer Term – modules 5 and 6
Refreshments will be available on arrival and there will be a break during the afternoon for discussion.
Who should attend?
Primary practitioners who wish to start teaching French in Key Stage 2; Primary French Subject Coordinators; initial teacher trainees; classroom teaching assistants; headteachers.
Why should I attend?
This one-day course, part of the Primary French Project, will provide classroom teaching resources and support so that you can start to teach French in Key Stage 2. The course is based on teaching materials devised as part of the project, and which are freely available to all participants. The teaching materials do not comprise a full scheme of work, but provide exemplification of the Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages. Practitioners attending this training course are encouraged to use the materials to teach French in school, thereby extending their training and enhancing their subject knowledge.
Niveau bleu materials are aimed at children in Year 3, or children in their first year of learning French in Key Stage 2.
Niveau bleu materials are fully aligned with the new Programme of Study for Languages in Key Stage 2, and are very simple and user-friendly. They comprise lesson plans in Word format, and PowerPoint presentations designed for use on the interactive whiteboard.
This course will help you to:
- Teach French in Key Stage 2, using the materials provided;
- Understand the Key Stage 2 Programme of Study, and how it can help me to plan and teach French;
- Use suitable methodology for teaching French in Key Stage 2;
- Understand how children can make progress in French;
- Improve my subject knowledge;
- Make links with children's prior and concurrent learning, especially in English;
- Develop many innovative ideas and practical strategies for use in the classroom;
- Acquire the confidence to get started, and to understand how to use a wider range of resources.
What is the Primary French Project?
The Primary French Project was launched on 14th March 2013 at the French Embassy in London and involves a high-profile partnership that aims to support primary schools throughout England. The Primary French Project Partnership brings together three organisations:
- Institut français du Royaume Uni (IFRU)
- ALL – The Association for Language Learning
- Network for Languages
All three organisations came together for the purpose of supporting primary schools wishing to teach French as part of the new statutory curriculum from September 2014.
The support will include the development of teaching resources to exemplify the Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages (French), outreach to as many primary schools as possible, the development of training courses for teachers, and professional development opportunities, such as "Getting Started with French – Niveau bleu".
Further information about the Primary French Project can be found at: www.culturetheque.org.uk/learn/primary-french
What do we offer?
Workshops and longer courses related to:
- Pedagogy and good classroom practice for primary and secondary teachers
- Language upskilling (for primary and secondary language teachers)
- Behaviour Management
- Raising achievement
- Creative and innovative use of resources
- Curriculum developments and change
Support for departments:
- Raising the quality of teaching and learning
- Leading and managing change – development for Heads of Department
- Raising achievement and motivation
- Departmental planning and self-evaluation
- Exam clinics
Support for all staff:
- NQT and RQT development
- Behaviour Management (in-class, and whole-school systems)
- Good to outstanding lessons
- Subject support meetings
We also offer training and support for Teaching Assistants, Cover Supervisors and and Lunchtime Supervisors as well as Supply Teachers and those wishing to return to the classroom.
The Network-based courses for language teachers have been compiled and accredited by leading practitioners from across the country. They have been rigorously monitored and evaluated and are updated and added to regularly.
New courses and workshops are being created by our teams of consultants and trainers – we are constantly on the look-out for ideas and suggestions that will help us to meet the needs of teachers across the region. We share these ideas with the network and undertake internal or cross-regional monitoring and evaluation procedures.
We have an Academic Board made up of colleagues from regional universities, and the business sector as well as experienced teachers and school leaders. Their role is to oversee the work of the service and advise us on its activities as well as helping us to measure its impact and the outcomes of its work.
Courses and workshops are regularly observed by external assessors in order to assess the quality of contact and delivery and their value for money. Feedback and evaluation forms are completed at the end of each event and follow-up feedback sought from delegates.