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28 March 2017

Primary Language Teacher of the Year

What does it take to become “teacher of the year”? And who gets these kinds of awards? Well, on Saturday 25th March, the Association for Language Learning held their annual “Teacher of the year” awards, and one of the teachers who has worked with us over the last few years in the London Schools Excellence […]

07 March 2017

The Mayor’s Education Conference – London 2017

I must admit that one of the biggest draws for me to attend this year’s Mayor’s Education Conference was to see and hear Sadiq Khan ‘live’ and to get a flavour of what his mayoralty will bring to London. I was not disappointed! His keynote speech was clear, down to earth and heart-warming as he […]

21 February 2017

Lessons from Bloom’s Taxonomy – a visit to Sudbury Primary School

The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives familiarly known as Bloom’s Taxonomy first published in 1956 and the later revision in 2001  A Taxonomy for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment have provided us with powerful frameworks by which to identify ways in which we think and ways in which we can take thought deeper. Sudbury Primary School in the London […]

15 February 2017

The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN at work

The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN International Conference took place on Friday 27 January at Leipzig University, Germany and gave primary school teachers and other professionals from a wide-variety of European countries the opportunity to learn more about the LANGUAGE MAGICIAN game and its impact to date.  So far, nearly 2000 children have been tested as part of […]

29 November 2016

Information about making an Erasmus+ application

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It enables your school to organise teaching or training abroad for teachers and support staff to exchange good practice and to make your international development plan really come to life. You can also develop partnerships with schools across Europe. For the programme guide and […]

26 October 2016

A knowledge Transfer Partnership: working with a small software company to develop CLIL game based learning materials

We are two colleagues working at Manchester Met who share a mutual interest in the importance and role of language in the classroom. We see the potential for CLIL pedagogy to make a positive impact on learning and are keen to explore this further. We are currently working on a project to develop game based […]

19 October 2016

Brexit & Languages

This week has seen the launch of Brexit & Languages: A checklist for Government negotiators and officials, by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages. This check-list will be of interest to those involved in the teaching of languages, as it highlights four specific objectives to be considered during the Brexit process: 1. Guaranteeing […]

06 October 2016

The Language Magician Project – one year on…

The University of Westminster is one of ten partners from four European countries currently collaborating in an exciting strategic partnership project, ‘The Language Magician’, being led by the Goethe-Institut London and supported by the EU under the Erasmus + programme.   The project aims to support the learning and teaching of languages at primary school […]

20 July 2016

CPD and you ….

The DfE has recently published the Standard for Teachers professional development, a document which not only emphasises the importance of high quality continuing professional development for teachers but also the fact that effective teacher development is a partnership between teachers, Head teachers and their senior leadership team and CPD providers. At the heart of the […]

10 July 2016

Key Stage 2 – Key Stage 3 Transition: Bridging the gap

In the coming week or so many Year 6 pupils will be heading off to their future secondary school for their Induction day.   Some pupils may be lucky and have some kind of foreign language experience on that day, but many will not.  Exploiting occasions like the Year 6/7 Induction day was one of the […]