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 our staff the opportunity to network with other practitioners who are equally passionate about languages and it has proved to be an essential way to keep up to date with new initiatives and share good practice. At the Network for Languages June conference our Spanish lead, Marta Lopez, together with an NQT who she has been mentoring this year at our school and the Lead Practitioner at Rutherford House Primary School, Verena Mulloy,  had the opportunity to present the workshop School partnership: raising cultural awareness in the MFL lesson to other schools. They talked about our partnership with a school in Spain and the impact it is having on our pupils. The Legacy Project has also provided us with support and advice on the Erasmus+ application process, which enabled us to be awarded the project meaning that we can now send 10 members of our staff on this amazing CPD opportunity. Taking part in the Legacy Project has directly impacted all of our staff as our MFL lead has been able to talk to other schools about teaching strategies and now uses more authentic resources as a direct result of this training.

Vicky Linke, Deputy Headteacher, Chesterton Primary School

Marta Lopez, MFL Subject Leader and Spanish Teacher, Chesterton Primary School