Up, running and rolling out second year of DFE project!

So it is the start of the second year of the WTSA/PLN (DFE funded) Language Learning for everyone. This year we look forward to working with collleagues from around the North West across KS2 and KS3 .Our main goals this year are:

  •  consolidate the links we have made,
  • develop the skills of the teachers now becoming trainers,
  • support schools to continue to establish effective primary languages practice and
  • develop links that are sustainable within transition groups (cross phase KS2 -KS3)    

Our "Teacher Led CPD" this year will be: 

  • Led, organised and supported by Janet Lloyd and WTSA 
  • Online training and support for the trainer
  • Continue to face to face support
  • Online teacher support created by JL and team of teachers
  • Quality assured
  • Continue to develop 10 local North West network coordinators
  • Continue to develop effective and targeted CPD deliverers form our "Teacher Led" growing CPD team so that they can be  Language Up-skilling trainers ,Pedagogy in primary classroom trainers, Subject coordinator support mentors,


Established sequence of CPD events

We will continue to offer  

  • Termly LNMs (local network meetings).Held in first half term
  •  Termly language up-skilling –  beginners and intermediate(French, Spanish and this year German).Held in second half term
  •  Termly invited national speaker for specific CPD – across phase .Watch out this  Autumn term for Reading Skills (Vicky Cooke).
  • Offer coordinators and SLT an "Ensuring Primary Progress" focus : this term Assessment (JL)
  • Facebook reports of events to share with wider audience
  • Online resources accessible from Primary Languages Network website- all delegates receive username and password (resources from previous sessions available still- plus CPD notes and lesson guidance).

German for Primary is a focus this year

  • · SOW and CPD are in development,ready for Spring 2016 CPD
  •  Small network meetings – each half term (since April 2014 ) for teachers delivering primary German, led by local practitioner and native speaker.


Transition – KS2 to KS3 will continue to be  a key focus this year

Last year we established and will contine to develop the following: 

  •  JoBeeG73 blog reports: secondary MFL teacher working also as a  primary language teacher .Blog established and shared from September 2014: to upskill secondary teacher and allow observation time of good primary practice, to reflect and feedback over two year project her observations to a wider audience
  • KS2 into KS3  mentor trained during 2014-15 :secondary MFL teacher working also as a  primary language teacher.To work with own cluster in 2015-2016 and to offer support to other KS3 colleagues  in 2015-2016
  • Pedagogy CPD (KS2 and KS3 language teachng colleagues) – shared events continuing- 2014-15 :ICT/Literacy and Phonics/ Annual Conference/LNM invites and now in to 2015-2016: Reading Skills/Bespoke CPD /LNM invites/Writing and Grammar (Spring term 2016
  • Active transition groups: working alongisde Janet Lloyd to develop effective dialogue and to look at ways to develop shared learning tools and how to transfer and share useful soft and hard data
  • Blog reports  on steps toward transition 
  • Outcomes this year from the transition group work will be; 
  1. KS3 CPD afternoon to be held in Spring term 2016– each of participating high schools to be offered opportunity to deliver on one key area of their own group’s work
  2.  Shared portfolio to be established of good practice to be shared with wider audience