Case Study

Hope CP and Success in Spanish.

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Welcome to Hope Primary in Huyton,Knowsley, Liverpool. Let’s celebrate their success in the implementation of primary Spanish as a successful and integral part of the curriculum. Spanish is taught across KS2 by class teachers and children in KS1 also have Spanish learning opportunities.

This blog post is a delight to write and to share the vision,commitment and excellent progress that the staff,,children and the wider school community have made in their goal to ensure effective and purposeful primary Spanish language learning in school for all their children.

Debbie McConnell, Assistant Head, along with SLT , school MFL Coordinators’ Caitlin and Helen and all the class teachers and school staff have invested time and commitment in exploring, developing and now establishing a Spanish curriculum that enriches the lives of all their pupils. As a traded support service, Primary Languages Network , has been able to support them on this journey since 2014. The school achieved the enhancing Primary Languages Development Award in 2017 and are now well on their way to working toward their “Outstanding” award..

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We have supported the school with staff Spanish upskilling , pedagogy CPD and have held some of our local network meetings at the school (open to all teachers in the area who may be interested in primary languages). Debbie took on the role of MFL Coordinator and planned the development of teaching and learning of Spanish , working alongside the PLDA mentor Catherine Simms from Primary Languages Network.

Take a look here. The schools follows the PLN Ready Made Spanish SOW and plans for progress in across the four core skills, grammar and language learning skills:

Staff and children explore Spanish in a very primary and fun way and make sure that the wider Spanish World comes to school, so that all children have the opportunity to explore language learning and culture.From making cultural comparisons around festival times:


and enjoying PE in Spanish with their class teachers and the PE coaches who come in to school:

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to Spanish yoga days with Irene, our PLN native speaker primary teacher and yoga coach.


The school takes every opportunity to explore literacy and links between languages and literacy in their Spanish language learning lessons:

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They share their success in Spanish with the whole school and the wider community at community assemblies:

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and hold Spanish Super Days where the children, wider community of school staff get involved and native speakers are invited in to deliver Super Day activites:

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And because the school aims to support their children to beieve in their own future success and to respect others’ knowledge and achievements , Spanish is thriving as a whole school learning project which they are even happy to share with their feeder high school too! Well done Hope CP!

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Celebrating whole school success - learning Spanish at Canon Burrows CE, Tameside

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Canon Burrows CE Primary School - Tameside


It’s a delight to share with you our case study (and video) of the outstanding success in the teaching and learning of Spanish by both the staff and children at Canon Burrows CE - Tameside.


The whole school commitment to the teaching and learning of primary foreign languages is quite amazing!

Primary Languages Network first began to work with the school in 2013, when the school became Premium network members.

Presentation of the “Outstanding” Primary Languages Award to Canon Burrows CE

Presentation of the “Outstanding” Primary Languages Award to Canon Burrows CE

Canon Burrows CE received their well deserved “outstanding” Primary Languages Development Award in October 2018. The success of Spanish in the school is due to the commitment and hard work of; Elizabeth Adamson (Liz) the MFL Coordinator; the support and vision of SLT and the willingness of all the staff to engage with the teaching and learning of Spanish across KS2.

The school are supported by a Spanish language teacher and the key language teaching time in class is seen as teacher CPD and staff join in, learn with the class and then teach aspects of the learning themselves later in the week to their own pupils.


The staff, who are all non-specialists in Spanish, feel confident that they can deliver Spanish to their own classes. Liz has ensured that all staff work with the resources on the VLE, access the native speaker clips and sound files in the Ready Made SOW and receive regular updates and CPD to enable them to develop their understanding of the language and very importantly the pedagogy. Liz, herself, has accessed; 1 to 1 consultancy support each year, visited and observed other PLN member schools’ Spanish learning programmes and has organised staff CPD from Primary Languages Network and has attended the annual PLN conferences.

Each of these CPD components has ensured the progress and success the school can see in the teaching and learning of Spanish. Last year (2018) the staff wanted to focus on Spanish up-skilling and also on “making progress in MFL ” , a bespoke package of CPD delivered by our associate teacher trainers.

Susanne Wilson of Primary Languages Network delivering staff CPD at Canon Burrows CE

Susanne Wilson of Primary Languages Network delivering staff CPD at Canon Burrows CE

SLT explain to the children that they are all on a learning journey together, making the whole learning experience more positive across the wider school community too.

This shared learning journey has enabled the staff and the children to make great progress in their ability to communicate effectively across the four core skills with age and stage appropriate Spanish. These snapshots below are samples of evidence mapping progress across word to sentence to text level, from exploring carnival ,making masks and practising and recording simple questions and answers:

… learning how to use of bilingual dictionaries, record and remember new language:

… learning how to use of bilingual dictionaries, record and remember new language:

…….to writing postcards to describe famous Spanish cities they have explored:

…….to writing postcards to describe famous Spanish cities they have explored:

……to engaging with penfriends in a Spanish school and sending and receiving letters at different times throughout the year

……to engaging with penfriends in a Spanish school and sending and receiving letters at different times throughout the year

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Every year they celebrate the school celebrates their successful progress with language sharing assemblies, where each year group teaches the rest of the school something they have learnt.

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The school celebrates European Day of Languages each year which allows the whole school to; explore other cultures; make links across the curriculum for example DT and making recipes Art ,Dance ,History and to transfer language learning skills from one language to another:

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For Canon Burrows CE, the progress they have already made is outstanding. The combination of SLT vision and support, the incredible passion and commitment of the MFL coordinator and the engagement and enthusiasm of the whole staff contributes to this amazing progress. We look forward to seeing how much more the school progresses in its whole school language learning journey.

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How to establish outstanding primary languages provision - Queen's Park CE URC Primary School, St Helens

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Case Study explaining how Queen’s Park CE/URC Primary School have developed their Primary French provision to receive the PLDA Outstanding Award.

Watch how Queen’s Park CE/URC Primary School have developed “Outstanding” MFL provision.

Queens Park CE URC Primary School in St Helens in the North West of England have developed an outstanding programme of primary languages (French) in their school across KS1 and KS2. All the children have weekly French language learning lessons. SLT and governors see language learning as an integral part of the whole school development and therefore there is a clear vision for the development and progress of sustainable and successful PFL in school. All teachers and teaching assistants are fully engaged and committed to language learning in their own classes and across the school and wider community. The school and wider school community are now engaged in the learning and there is an ever-growing ‘Erasmus Plus’ project with schools across the World.

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Carol Taylor with the PLN Primary Languages Development Award

In 2017 the school achieved the PLN Primary Languages Development Award at “outstanding” level being able to demonstrate how the school, its vision, the support of SLT, the delivery of weekly effective learning and the commitment of the whole staff helps this school give all its pupils an excellent start in the learning of a foreign language.

How has this been achieved?

Meet Carol Taylor, the MFL coordinator, (@caroltaylor722) who has led the development and success of the primary foreign language learning programme in Queen Park CE URC.

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Queen’s Park CE became Premium Members of Primary Languages Network in 2013. French was already a timetabled subject in the school curriculum, delivered weekly by Carol, a primary teacher with a degree in French. The staff were already becoming more engaged with primary languages and SLT and Carol wanted to find ways to engage staff more and to boost confidence in language skills that staff may already possess. With PLN Carol was able to access coordinator CPD and 1 to 1 consultancy and training time as the MFL coordinator.

Whole Staff CPD

Primary Languages Network membership entitled Carol to whole staff CPD; first in simple pedagogical and class teaching approaches; then in whole staff CPD with a French native speaker trainer from PLN and then finally to look at language learning skills and progress that young children make with effective primary languages teaching and learning. Carol now finds as many opportunities as possible to deliver short French CPD episodes and encourage the staff to develop and build their French primary language teaching knowledge.

Staff are encouraged to attend the annual Primary Languages Network conference alongside Carol and to participate and share in local networking opportunities.

Over the last six years, under Carol’s dynamic subject leadership,the school has developed an exciting and engaging programme of learning for the whole school from EYFS to Year 6.

Whole school engagement with the French language learning programme.

The school now uses the PLN Ready Made French SOW in KS2 and the KS1 French programme on the PLN VLE. Staff celebrate lessons and share and promote outcomes and progress on their twitter feeds.

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Carol leads the French teaching and learning of French across the school. Using the Ready Made SOW for French, including the “PLN French wellness pack” all the staff can confidently include teaching 5 or 10 minutes of French in their own weekly class teaching.

Staff reinforce the language learning that takes place with Carol in direct teaching time and the teachers now look for ways to reinforce this language learning in other areas of the curriculum.

Bringing the native speaker in to school and Yoga Super Days

The school identified the need to introduce native speaker language learning in to their French language learning curriculum and ran a series of very successful PLN Yoga Super Days for the KS2 children.

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Engaging with the wider community

The school now celebrates their language learning with the wider school community, engages parents with the learning and works closely with its local main feeder high school.

Membership of Primary Languages Network has helped Carol and the school to network and share with 300 plus primary schools who deliver primary language learning in their own settings and to share and draw inspiration from each other.

Erasmus Plus and Staff French CPD in Rouen

At Coordinators’ CPD as part of Primary Languages Network, Carol began to investigate possible links with a French school. and at the annual PLN conference in 2017, Carol investigated the opportunity of Erasmus Plus funded French language training in Rouen for the whole staff. In early Summer 2018, Carol led two very successfulmweeks of whole staff French and culture CPD in Rouen. This inspired the staff and further developed their confidence in their own ability to lead French language learning back in school.

Queens Park have come such a long way in the five years Primary Languages Network have worked with them. The school has a dynamic and thriving link with a French partner school and the whole school have used their experiences in Rouen, Northern France to enhance the whole school curriculum in Art ,History, PHSE, Literacy to name a few subject areas.

The school is now reaching out to the wider global community and making links with schools across the World.

Sharing and networking - conference presentation time.

As members of the Primary Languages Network, schools are encouraged to share their effective practise. This year at the annual conference in 2018, it was PLN’s pleasure to invite Carol Taylor and her colleague Andrea Atherton (Year 5 teacher and Art Coordinator) to deliver a presentation on how the school has grown in their understanding of primary foreign languages and how it has become an integral part of the whole school curriculum.


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