Tuesday, 8 March 2011
For more details see attached information or http://www.educacion.es/exterior/uk
Monday, 20 December 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
The International School Award, managed by the British Council, provides a framework for links between UK and overseas schools to promote an inter-cultural dialogue and understanding. The framework starts with ‘foundation’ level and progresses through five levels to ‘full accreditation’.
JANET (ja.net) offers a whole new world of live real-time content through video conferencing aimed at all key stages within the curriculum. Central AV has a limited number of video conferencing systems available for loan should you wish to see video conferencing in action.LGfL have developed the Matrix, a guide to help schools identify and develop a structured approach to implementing an international dimension to teaching and learning.
Our Schools Co-ordinator is available to support your school through the process of achieving accreditation.There are many funding options available to those schools that have achieved this. Book a meeting with our schools co-ordinator who will help get your school started on your international journey.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Over the last few years, Heads at cash-strapped schools have old us how much they want to teach the language but either they can't afford a teacher or quite simply they don't have access to teaching staff because of their location. In addition to this, some Heads had mentioned that they wanted access to really simple and effective interactive whiteboard teaching material that their MFL teachers could teach the children on a weekly basis - Chinese language and culture is very cross-curricular and would tie in with history and geography for example. Primary School Chinese Online ticks all these boxes.
I am therefore happy to offer the product free of charge with a view to expanding this country-wide.
Dragons In Europe
13a Port House
Square Rigger Row
London SW11 3TY
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
...So be sure to take advantage of the remaining CPD opportunities coming up! This will be your last chance to attend these free courses:
· Monday 15th November 2010
ASSESSMENT & TRANSITION
Acacia Hall, Dartford, 9.30—16.00
· Tuesday 30th November 2010 or Tuesday 29th March 2011
FUN WAYS TO DEVELOP LITERACY SKILLS
Ramada Hotel, Maidstone, 9.30—16.00
· Thursday 2nd December 2010
ASSET LANGUAGES BREAKTHROUGH CLINIC
Hadlow Manor Hotel, Hadlow, 9.30—16.00
· Wednesday 9th February 2011
EMBEDDING LANGUAGES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Ramada Hotel, Maidstone, 9.30—16.00
· Thursday 24th March 2011
PRIMARY LANGUAGES SUBJECT LEADERSHIP
Ramada Hotel, Maidstone, 9.30—16.00
Free attendance to all KCC delegates
BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!!
Contact Maureen Smith: email@example.com
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Beginners' Training- a 3 day course for teachers with little or no previous knowledge of French
Thursday 18 November, Friday 26 November & Thursday 2 December
It is hoped that we will be able to offer a further two days' training in the spring covering areas of language not previously covered in the winter session. Dates tbc.
Upskilling- a 3 day refreshers' course for teachers with previous French experience to GCSE
Thursday 3 February, Tuesday 8 February, Thursday 17 February
Date to be confirmed
The courses are free but schools are expected to pay any cover costs out of their MFL funding, which will have come directly to the school this year.
Please e-mail Mia Stockwell to find out more about the courses and to book yourself or a member of your team on to a course: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 2 September 2010
The Government is considering its plans for the National Curriculum in schools. They believe that the current National Curriculum has moved far away from the concept of core knowledge and from its original purpose – to set out what all children should be taught in each subject. They therefore want to return it to its intended purpose as a core national entitlement organised around subject disciplines. In doing so, they aim to slim the National Curriculum to give schools greater freedom to build on that core entitlement to provide a rich educational experience for all their pupils, and to allow teachers to use their professional judgement to decide how to teach and to organise the curriculum. They plan to consult a wide range of academics, teachers and other interested parties to ensure that the core curriculum can compare with those of the highest performing countries in the world. They will be announcing details of that review in the autumn. The position of languages in both the primary and secondary National Curriculum will be considered as part of that Review.
The Government believes that language skills are important to the social and economic future of the country. Learning a language also helps children and young people understand the world in which they live and the different cultures of people around the world. We know that over 90% of primary schools are already offering some language teaching to their 7-11 year olds. Ministers appreciate the efforts that teachers are putting into making sure that children in primary schools are taught languages. It is thanks to their work that pupils can not only learn a language but also come to appreciate other cultures. Given its importance, primary schools that are teaching languages should continue to do so. Funding has been given to local authorities to support primary languages until March 2011. Any future funding will depend on the spending review which will report in the autumn, as well as on decisions about the status of languages within the National Curriculum.
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
We thought you might be interested in the two programmes which our Connecting Classrooms team have produced in collaboration with Teachers TV. Although focussing on partnerships with rather different parts of the globe to France - namely Sub-Saharan Africa and Central South Asia - the central theme is the way in which international school partnerships can contribute positively to community cohesion. The experiences of school clusters in an urban authority (Bradford) and a rural one (Hampshire) are used as case studies.
Both programmes are now available to stream and download from the Teachers TV website at http://www.teachers.tv/connecting-classrooms and will be broadcast for the first time on 29 June, and then repeated on various dates in early July (see below).
Each programme is 15 minutes long and the broadcast dates are as follows:
Community Cohesion through School Partnerships: Rural Challenges
29 June - 08:00, 16:00, 20:00
2 July – 21:00
3 July – 11:00, 20:00
4 July - 08:00, 21:00
9 July – 09:00, 17:00
10 July – 15:00
Community Cohesion through School Partnerships: City Challenges
29 June - 08:20, 16:20, 20:20
2 July – 21:20
3 July – 11:20, 20:20
4 July - 08:20, 21:20
Should you have any queries, please contact Vicki Miles Vicki.email@example.com
The Anglo-French team
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
The main benefit of the workshops is that the teachers have the confidence and materials to go straight back into the classroom and try the stories out themselves.
If you are running a conference or an LSG and would like me to run a workshop, please get in touch (contact details below). June, July and September are best.
You may also be interested to hear that GrowStoryGrow is launching on the 8th of June. A yearly subscription before this date is £40, which is very good value indeed. (Over 100 stories, lesson plans, interactive games, downloadable big books, mini books, audio books, puppets, masks, scripts...)
This exciting project gives teachers working in KS2 the opportunity to spend two weeks in France, Germany or Spain. The first week of the project provides intensive language and methodology support in preparation for the job shadowing in a primary school in the second week.
The projects offer excellent opportunities for teachers to develop language skills, deepen their cultural understanding and gain practical ideas for teaching and learning languages at KS2. Applicants are eligible for EU Comenius funding of up to €2,500 to pay for travel and subsistence. There is also a supply cover contribution of £525 to support schools in the week of term when teachers will be abroad. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2010.
Project dates are as follows:
Germany and France: 21 February -4 March 2011
France and Spain: 17-29 April 2011
Secondary teachers involved in outreach work in primary schools are eligible to apply if they are working in KS2 so please share this information with colleagues. Applications from those teaching or hoping to introduce German in primary schools would be particularly welcome.
Further information, including support and guidance with the application process is available at:
For enquiries relating to the project please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Language Teaching Adviser
CILT, The National Centre for Languages
3rd floor, 111 Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7Hr
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Book now and receive 20% off!
With language entitlement required to be implemented in schools by the end of 2010, more and more staff are beginning to recognise the importance of introducing a language at an early age. We can help you become the expert! This course is aimed at nursery/primary staff who are currently introducing French into their early years/primary curriculum or intend to do so. Suitable for both complete beginners and people with prior knowledge of the language, the main focus of the course will be on language learning and practical methodology. At the end of the course participants will be able to return to their learning environment confident, enthusiastic and ready to promote basic French.
Normally £110.00, only £88.00 per person with early booking discount (including refreshments, lunch and a comprehensive learning pack)
Other dates and venues available:
Fri 1 Oct 2010 Southampton
Thu 25 Nov 2010 Cambridge
Thu 24 Mar 2011 Cambridge
Courses can be booked on-line or by telephone on 0141 642 9330.
In Service Courses
We can run tailor-made In Service courses at special discounted rates in your own centre. Please call 0141 642 9330 for more information.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
The Spring Day for Europe website includes a large and flexible programme of events, activities and games for primary and secondary schools.
If you would like to participate, further information and electronic registration can be found at the following website:
You can also find teaching resources on the EU and citizenship produced by the European Parliament for UK schools at:
Thursday, 11 March 2010
This course is aimed at nursery/primary staff who are currently introducing French into their early years/primary curriculum or intend to do so. Suitable for both complete beginners and people with prior knowledge of the language, the main focus of the course will be on language learning and practical methodology. At the end of the course participants will be able to return to their learning environment confident, enthusiastic and ready to promote basic French.
£110.00 per person (including refreshments, lunch and a comprehensive learning pack)
For further information please visit our website at www.smalltalk-languages.co.uk. Bookings for the above courses can be made on-line or by telephone on 0141 642 9330.
We can run tailor-made In Service courses at special discounted rates in your own centre. Please call 0141 642 9330 for more information.
University of Cambridge - Thursday 25 March 2010.
University of Newcastle - Friday 23 April 2010
University of Birmingham - Thursday 29 April 2010
University of Manchester - Friday 14 May 2010
University of Hull - Thursday 17 June 2010
University of Exeter - Friday 24 September 2010
Southampton Solent University - Friday 1 October 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Would you like to improve your language skills as well as benefit from spending a week in a primary school abroad? If so, then the new Primary Teachers’ Project is for you.
This exciting project involves spending two consecutive weeks in France, Germany or Spain. The first week of the project is devoted to intensive language and methodology training, while the second is spent work shadowing in a primary school.
The first of these projects will be running in Germany and Spain in October 2010. The first week will take place during the October half term break between the 25th and 29th of October, followed by the second week job shadowing placement in a primary school between the 1st and 5th of November. The deadline for the application for these October visits is 30th April 2010.
Projects will also be taking place in France, Germany and Spain in February and at Easter 2011. The first week will take place during the spring half term break between the 21st and 25th of February, followed by the second week job shadowing placement in a primary school, between the 28th of February and the 4th of March.
The deadline for application for these 2011 projects is 15th September 2010.
• The German visits will take place in Nordrhein-Westfalen
• The Spanish visits will take place in Castilla y León
• The venue for the French visits will be confirmed soon
A contribution of £525 towards supply cover for the week of term time involved is available.
To apply, please visit the British Council website http://www.britishcouncil.org/comenius-applications-forms-and-guidance.htm to download and complete the 'In-Service Training' application form. For any queries, please contact: email@example.com
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Check full programme and download application forms on our website: www.educacion.es/exterior/uk
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Asset Languages Overview 09:30 - 12:30 Supply Cover Paid
PD2FL16/01 Ramada Hotel, Maidstone - 25th January 2010
PD2FL16/02 Hadlow Manor, Tonbridge - 26th January 2010
PD2FL16/03 Howfield Manor, Canterbury - 27th January 2010
Asset Language Clinic (Breakthrough Level) 09:30 - 16:30 Supply Cover Paid
PD2FL18/01 Hadlow Manor, Tonbridge - 8th March 2010
PD2FL18/02 Kent County Cricket Club - 9th March 2010
PD2FL18/03 Ramada Hotel, Maidstone - 10th March 2010
Primary Languages: Subject Leadership 09:30 - 16:30 Supply Cover Paid
PD2FL15/01 Ramada Hotel, Maidstone - 2nd February 2010
Progression and Assessment of Language Skills 09:30 - 16:30 Supply Cover Paid
PD2FL17/01 Ramada Hotel, Maidstone - 25th February 2010
PD2FL17/02 Hadlow Manor, Tonbridge - 2nd March 2010
PD2FL17/03 Kent County Cricket Club, Canterbury - 16th March 2010
Please e-mail Mia Stockwell for a booking form.
Ten catchy original songs to support the teaching of French to young children. Written by Richard Winston, who worked for 4 years as the Primary Foreign Languages Consultant for Lewisham and Greenwich. The songs are simple and short; the language content is derived from the early stages of learning French and the song lyrics help to teach basic, everyday routine language.
Songs are delivered via the interactive whiteboard and are available in both Smartboard (Notebook) and Promethean (ActivPrimary) formats.
In either format, simply click on the green button to play the song whose lyrics are shown on screen. This will play the whole song. Clicking on each line of the lyrics will allow pupils to hear that line in isolation from the music, making it easier to learn. Once the lyrics are familiar, children can sing along to the music by the teacher clicking on the treble clef icon.
Site Licence £42.00 + p & p
Following each complete song is a chord sheet for those teachers (or pupils) who want to play an instrument alongside or instead of the music- an excellent opportunity for cross-curricular work with MFL!
In ActivPrimary, teachers can access an English translation of the song via the Teacher’s Notes icon. For Notebook users, this is provided as an additional screen after the chord sheet page.
For more details and to hear clips from each song, please visit our website at: www.unedizainedechansons.co.uk.
To order, or if you require any further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: Smartboard interactive whiteboards will require Smartboard 9.5 software or later. Promethean boards need ActivPrimary 2 or later.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
The aim of the course is to provide an ideal opportunity for beginners in the language to learn the basics of French “on the ground”, with classroom training, natural conversations and the opportunity to practise the learnt language in real-life situations.
The course is aimed at primary teachers/TA's who are beginner language learners but wish to teach/support French in the classroom. Supply cover at £175 per day is payable to schools to enable them to release teachers from the classroom and return travel to France will be funded/reimbursed by the Local Authority.
Applications should be made as soon as possible, but by no later than 1st February 2010. There are 12 places and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
NB: Delegates should be complete beginners and should not have previously attended any of the other upskilling courses funded by the Local Authority. The course is open to Kent KS1 and KS2 teachers and TA's.
Please e-mail Maureen Smith to book a place as soon as possible. Delegates will need a current passport and a EHIC (European Health Insurance card) at the time of travel (available from the post office). In addition, KCC travel insurance will be organised by the local authority but successful applicants may wish to organise additional insurance as they feel appropriate.
Objectives, outcomes and benefits:
The course aims to motivate and train those primary teachers who are required to teach French in the classroom and whose level of French is “beginner”.
The outcomes of the course will be an improved level of comfort in the language for the participants. They will have gained a stock of basic language elements which they will be able to use with their pupils, and they will themselves have taken part in activities, both in the classroom and in the local area, which will serve as a source of materials for their own lessons.
The benefits of this training include: intensive language work, contact with French people, experience of intercultural understanding and an increased knowledge of “real” France.
20 hours of intensive classroom tuition, including a 30 minute 1:1 session with the trainer to study individual needs
Training in beginner-level French, including greetings, everyday language such as numbers, days etc, pronunciation techniques, basic language structures, questions, vocabulary banks, games to use in the classroom, role-play
Training in intercultural understanding, using maps, visits to the local area, study of differences and similarities, tourist information, study of daily life and customs, money, food, French schools
30 hours of activities on- and off-site, accompanied by French speakers
Initial assessment, final evaluation and recommendations for further study
Evening activities including games and/or TV in French
Opportunities for conversation with Centre staff and local people
The trainer is Sara Meaker, Manager of the Hardelot Centre. She is English, but has lived in France for over 20 years and speaks the language fluently. She is a qualified and experienced secondary French teacher and adult trainer.
Location and accommodation
· The Hardelot Centre (www.hardelotcentre.co.uk) is a KCC residential educational centre just south of Boulogne sur Mer, about 50 minutes from Calais
· Accommodation is in comfortable, single occupancy bunk bedded rooms (shared shower and toilet facilities), each with washbasin, hanging space and table/chair
· Delicious French meals, including the renowned Hardelot 4-course evening dinner, as well as continental breakfast and a light lunch, are prepared on site by the Centre’s own French staff
· Training takes place in the classrooms and conference room
· Facilities include a cosy lounge area with log fire and TV/DVD, extensive wooded grounds, games room, reading room (with French and English resources) and bicycles
Return ferry from Dover to Calais
French minibus from Calais to the Centre and return to Calais
French minibus for off-site visits
Further details of the journey (times, meeting points) will be sent out to all participants with confirmation of the place on this course
The cost of the above (accommodation, training and travel) will be met by the Advisory Service
The return journey from school/home to Dover will be reimbursed – further details will be given on confirmation of place on course
Personal expenses, telephone calls and the cost of refreshments other than those provided are not included
For further information, please contact:
Maureen Smith, Primary Teacher Adviser for MFL, tel: 01622 203800 email@example.com
OR Sara Meaker, Manager Hardelot Centre, tel: 00 33 321 321 671
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
This course is designed to provide basic knowledge of French for the primary context and supports you as a teacher by developing speaking and listening skills and teaching basic grammar enjoyably! You will be able to try out diffferent classroom ideas during the course and develop a set of resources you can draw on for interesting and diverse lessons.
For further information, please see the dedicated OU site for this.
The course costs £275 and will be fully funded by the Kent Local Authority provided you complete it. Please contact Maureen Smith if you are interested in doing this 30 hour course. It can be completed at times convenient to you (provided it is completed within 12 weeks) in the comfort of your own home.
NB: This course is a complete beginners' course, so if you already hold a GCSE or equivalent, the upskilling courses run by your local Specialist Language Colleges will currently be more suitable to your needs.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
If you would like to take part, please contact Maureen Utting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If there are any other courses you would like us to run, please let me know and we will do what we can.
The aim of the group is to help you in any way you would like eg planning, modelling lessons, helping with resources, FLA time, writing a policy, writing schemes of work, assessment etc
All primary schools have been allocated a support teacher who should now have got in contact with you. Please make use of this support as funding beyond this year cannot be guaranteed. The support group can also help you prepare for the new Ofsted subject inspections. In addition the FLA at Weald is being funded to help in the teaching of French in primary schools. Please note also the INSET courses running in the SLCs.
All teachers/HLTAs/TAs teaching French in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks South. Priority will be given to those teaching languages in Years 5 and 6.
To develop teacher confidence in language skills, building on prior learning.
To ensure progression of skills for pupils.
Please note this is not a course for beginners. The course is free of charge. £175 per day is payable for supply cover for participating teachers.
Dates and times of the first course to be held at the Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge.
Tuesday 6th October 9.15-3.30
Tuesday 13th October 9.15-3.30
Tuesday 20th October 9.15-3.30
Tuesday 3rd November 9.15-3.30
Tuesday 10th November 9.15-3.30
Dates and times of the second repeat course to be held at Bennett Memorial School, Tunbridge Wells.
Tuesday 2nd February 9.15-3.30
Wednesday 10th February 9.15-3.30
Tuesday 23rd February 9.15-3.30
Wednesday 3rd March 9.15-3.30
Tuesday 9th March 9.15-3.30
To book your place please contact Maureen Utting (email@example.com)
or apply directly to Training and Development as advertised in the next e-bulletin from KCC.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
CILT, the National Centre for Languages, publishes regular updates on primary language teaching and resourses. In issue 6 you will find information on linking language and literacy (a new DCSF publication), cross-curricular links and CLIL. If you would like to subscribe to the CILT e-zine, please register on the Primary Languages website.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
If you haven't already had the information, please find below details of the Cross-Phase Languages Conference on 30th June 2009.
For all language teachers and teaching assistants in Primary or Secondary schools.
New Secondary Curriculum for MFL
Using Puppets Effectively
Cross Curricular Languages
Drama and MFL
TALK...and many more!
Ramada Hotel and Resort
Kent ME17 1RE
To book your place tel: 01634 338545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please quote "Languages Conference 2009" - Fees for Kent and Medway schools: £85
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
The Foods from Spain National Primary Schools Competition is open to all school children in years 3 to 6, inclusive, in England and the equivalent school years in the rest of the UK.
Entering the competition is extremely simple: as a class you need to design a collage, to represent the following: ‘Healthy eating with fresh fruit and vegetables from Spain’
1st Prize: The winning class will be presented with a cheque for £3,000 towards facilities for the school
2nd Prize: A cheque for £1,000 towards facilities for the school
3rd Prize: £500 towards facilities for the school
6 x Group Winners (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 as well as a ‘Mixed Year Group’ winner and a ‘Special Needs’ group winner) will be awarded an educational Spanish multimedia pack.
Closing date for entries is Friday 22nd May 2009
Follow the link for more details http://www.foodsfromspain.co.uk/
Monday, 11 May 2009
All teachers/HLTAs/TAs teaching languages (French) in Year 6
To develop teacher confidence in language skills in order to build on pupils’ prior learning
To ensure progression of skills
The course is free of charge to all participants
Asset Language assessment will be offered to all participants by the Local Authority to accredit learning free of charge
Please note: Funding for supply cover available
Dates, Time & Venue
Mon.18th May 1.30-4pm Weald of Kent
Mon. 1st June 9.30-4pm Weald of Kent
Wed.10th June 9.30–4pm Weald of Kent
Mon 15th June 9.30-4pm Weald of Kent
Wed 24th June 9.30-4pm Weald of Kent
Mon 29th June 9.30-4pm Weald of Kent
To book your place please contact ……Maureen Utting…(email@example.com )
Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge TN9 2JP
Friday, 8 May 2009
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Please find attached an invitation to join our world mini-book making project. Please share the information with any partner schools you have, including schools abroad. It's a great end-of-year activity and students really enjoy reading each other's books. We began this last year as a collaborative project between local schools in Essex to improve motivation for language learning and to engage students more with reading. This year at the beginning of our phase 2 launch we already have 8 different countries involved across 4 continents of the world, but this number will grow before September. Many thanks for your help - enjoy the books!
Director of Language College Outreach / AST
King Edward VI Grammar School
Thursday, 30 April 2009
See also Teachers TV (http://www.teachers.tv/video/31175) for a video where Sir Jim is questioned on his thoughts over the organisation of the primary curriculum, foreign language teaching and incorporating ICT into lessons.
Monday, 30 March 2009
This year's conference is at Leicester University on 3rd and 4th April. As in previous years, the conference features
· a fantastic publishers' exhibition
· free wine tasting
· friendly and fun conference dinner
· good value overnight accommodation
· the BEST languages practitioners in the country talking about their favourite themes
· strands on CLIL and the new secondary curriculum
· something for all sectors: primary, secondary, FE, AE and HE
You can attend for one day or for both days. The conference has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place for networking.
And then there’s the exhibition! Over 40 stands with the latest in languages resources and support and FREE to all visitors. So even if you can’t make the conference, you can still join us all day Friday and Saturday until 2pm and be part of the Language World experience. There will also be a stand where you can talk to the ALL Regional Subject Advisers and get one-to-one advice about the new secondary curriculum.
A full conference brochure and booking form can be downloaded here http://www.all-nsc.org.uk/files/LWflyer.pdf (pdf, 15.7 MB)
Friday, 20 March 2009
Now into its second year, the Award is a celebration and recognition of the very best in language teaching taking place in UK schools.
Again there are some fantastic prizes to win:
- An all expenses-paid school trip to France for up to 30 children
- Over £4,000 of educational resources
- Magazine subscriptions
So if you know an amazing languages teacher who you feel is in need of recognition, why not nominate them today?
Nominating is quick and easy - simply visit www.primarylanguageaward.com and fill out the online Nomination Form. Anyone can make a nomination, the only stipulation being that the person must have qualified teacher status.
Deadline for Nominations is 31 May 2009.
Remember .... Good teachers deserve recognition.... Nominate today!
French and Spanish classes, courses & resources and Educational Tours to France.
La Jolie Ronde is expanding and is currently looking for both French and Spanish speakers to become licensees. See our website at www.lajolieronde.co.uk for more details.
Company Registration Number 2291948, Registered Office: The Green, Bradgate Road, Anstey, Leicester, LE7 7FU
Monday, 16 March 2009
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Ben Bryant Government Initiatives in ITT Training and Development Agency for Schools 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SZ 020 7023 8116
Friday, 13 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Spring Day for Europe is an annual campaign that is open to all schools in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Teachers are encouraged to involve their students in activities that focus on debate, interaction and reflection on European themes. Spring Day enables young citizens to express their views and make their voices heard in Europe.
2009 is the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (EYCI). The Spring Day for Europe campaign aims to raise awareness about this in all types of schools. It runs from 25th March to 9th May, with a special focus on 9th May, which is Europe Day.
The Spring Day for Europe website includes a large and flexible programme of events, activities and games for pre-primary, primary, lower and upper secondary, vocational and special needs schools in Europe, as well as the rest of the world. To register your school, please look at the Spring Day website: http://www.springday2009.net/
If you would like one of your Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to visit your school, Ian Levinson, the National Teacher Adviser would be pleased to help. He is also able to advise and answer questions about Spring Day for Europe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To find out more information about your MEPs: http://www.europarl.org.uk/
To find out about the European elections in June 2009:
Directorate General for Communication
Phone: 020 7227 4300Fax : 020 7227 4301
We have the latest list of primary schools signed up on eTwinning. No primary school need be short of a French link school.
There is also a scheme to link 1000 schools via 'visioconference' proposed by Xavier Darcos. I now have two contacts (non commercial - one is at JANET COLLABORATE, and one at Westminster LEA) who can assist schools (who are already linked with a French partner school) to set up their VC equipment to link to their partner school depending on the various technical requirements of their particular LEA, grid, and so forth. Please ask me to pass you on if you are in this situation or know anyone who is.
Liz Hitchcock (Liz.Hitchcock@britishcouncil.org)
The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are a registered charity; 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland). We build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
PLL and eTwinning coordinator @ Whitehouse Common Primary School, Sutton Coldfield. Apple Distinguished Educator. eTwinning Ambassador. Trainee techie who loves her MacBook :o) Primary language teacher. PLL coach for Birmingham LA.
Have a browse for some new ideas and links!
Friday, 23 January 2009
The programme includes workshops on storytelling, food, CLIL, showcases and a performance of a play written and produced for children who are learning Spanish in KS1 and KS2.
Visit their website www.mepsyd.es/exterior/uk to download full programme, application form, speakers' profiles and abstract of sessions. The whole event will be friendly to teachers with a limited competence in Spanish.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Learning) Spring Meeting and AGM is being held at the Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford from 9am till 1pm on Saturday 21st March. The agenda includes looking at transition KS2 - KS3, and the new KS3 curriculum. If you are not members already of ALL, have you thought about joining? Becoming a member of the ALL provides opportunities to keep up to date with Language Learning issues; evidence of professional standards; opportunities for professional development and networking, and a chance to have your say in policy making (see their website for further details - http://www.all-languages.org.uk/)
Please contact Glynis Rumley (email@example.com) for an AGM and meeting register form (£10 for members, £15 for non members), or for information on how to join.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
There will be no charge for attending this conference but supply costs are not covered.
To secure your place please click on the following link: http://www.cilt.org.uk/languagecolleges/lc_events/lc_events.htm
Places are limited so please register to avoid disappointment
Did you know that international work attracts funding for demonstrable outcomes including ECM, standards, languages strategy, literacy, inclusion, EAL, global dimension and G&T?
Contact: Liz Hitchcock www.globalgateway.org; tel: (44) 020 7389 4817 to discuss how the British Council, funded by DCSF, can support you in bringing an international dimension to education.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Weald - Maureen Utting, Esther Hardman, Sally Lyte
Tonbridge Grammar School - Anita De, Rachel Hunt, Emma Morrell
Bennett - Jackie Howis, Claire Thompstone
Lead teachers for the Sevenoaks cluster - Sandra Vicary, Michelle Hayes, Rebecca Evans
Lead teacher for the Tonbridge cluster - Bouchera Khatib
Lead teachers for the Tunbridge Wells cluster - Gill Hennebry, Nadia Bouakaz
Occasional additional support - Leighanne Wheawall (Sevenoaks CP)
Foreign Language Assistants
The two French assistants based at Weald each have 6 hours available for primary work. They can help in team teaching or in helping pupils on an individual or small group basis. They will also be able to help with resources. If you would like to invite a primary FLA into your classroom to support you, please contact Esther Hardman at Weald (firstname.lastname@example.org).