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16 March 2018

Reflective Practice Workshops

The Reflective Practice Workshops build on the work accomplished during the London Schools Excellence Fund and Legacy (Professional Language Networks) Projects. Teachers involved in those projects were encouraged to pick a focus question/area each term and reflect on their practice throughout the process, documenting their observations and thought processes in a reflective log. Project Mentors […]

21 February 2018

International Mother Language Day – Promoting multilingualism and linguistic & cultural diversity

One language disappears on average every two weeks, taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage, according to UNESCO. Roughly, a third of languages are endangered and sadly, many people all over the world are being denied the opportunity to maintain, develop and enjoy their mother language. The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day […]

09 January 2018

Subject Knowledge Hubs Programme – Supporting excellent teaching and learning in London schools

A group of London modern foreign language primary teachers involved in the University of Westminster’s London Schools Excellence Legacy Project, ‘Professional Language Networks,’ were recognised for their hard work and contributions, at a Celebration Event at City Hall, which took place on Monday 11 December 2017. The  teachers received a Certificate of Recognition for their […]

27 October 2017

The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN French pilot gets off to a flying start

In October 2017, the piloting of the French version of the LANGUAGE MAGICIAN online game got off to a flying start. The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN, in case you missed it, is a computer game that can be used as an assessment tool in schools. The game is fun for children, builds on their language and IT-skills […]

13 July 2017

Taking part in the Legacy Project has directly impacted all our staff

As a school we have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the London Schools Excellence Legacy Project, ‘Professional Language Networks Hub’. We have benefited greatly from the support offered and have attended four MFL local hub meetings in Wandsworth since last summer and the Network for Languages MFL conferences in November and June. These events have allowed […]

11 July 2017

CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) at Sheffield Hallam University 30th June – 1st July 2017

  “Want to increase motivation, confidence and attainment in your MFL students?” (Who doesn’t?) Well this was the strap line for last week’s CLIL conference in Sheffield Hallam and it didn’t disappoint. Well organised over two jam -packed days, many of the National and International Leaders in CLIL were there, including Professors Do Coyle and […]

03 July 2017

Discovering a new support network has helped me improve professionally

I have been working at Rutherford House Primary School for the past 3 years and last September I was introduced to the ‘Professional Language Networks’ Hub project by my mentor, Mrs Verena Mulloy. I had the opportunity to attend several workshops and courses offered and organised by Network for Languages London, which had a great impact on […]

03 July 2017

Expanding our network to support local schools and to share approaches to assessment and curriculum

I am the Deputy Head Teacher at Shaftesbury Park Primary School and have been in this role for two years. Network for Languages London has provided me with many opportunities for developing my practice and improving languages provision at my school. Firstly, it has opened up a network of language practitioners whom I meet with […]

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 […]