Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing summer and are looking forward to the new school year. We hope your students were crowned with glory like the Team GB athletes with their amazing 67 medals. If your students are still buzzing with sporting enthusiasm, don’t forget our FREE French Olympic classroom resources to keep the celebrations going a little longer. The resources can be downloaded here.
Herts Grid for Languages
Over the summer we have been busy reviewing and updating the Grid content for Languages. We have deleted out-of-date material and included new advice and resources to help keep you updated regarding language teaching and learning. Please bear in mind that this is still a work in progress and there are still some sections we are reviewing content but these are clearly marked.
You can access the Grid content for Languages here.
Primary Languages Quality Mark
The number of schools signing up for PLQM, nationally, continues to grow. For more information on the Primary Languages Quality Mark click here. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free half hour consultations
Due to the success of our pilot project last year, we are continuing to offer a free half-hour languages consultancy to primary schools in Hertfordshire. If you would like to book a consultation, please email email@example.com.
Progression and assessment
Our Progression and Assessment pack for KS2 provides guidance and support for tracking and assessing progress across the key stage. The pack costs £100 (£50 for schools signing up to the PLQM) and can be purchased by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. For your FREE copy, why not book on to ‘Progression and Assessment for KS2 Languages’ on 5th October? Book here.
Encouraging pupil talk at KS2
Our new ‘On Target’ pack for French, complete with CD of sound files, provides teachers and children with the support they need to encourage spontaneous use of the target language in the classroom. The pack costs £30 and can be purchased from email@example.com. For your FREE copy, why not book on to ‘Speak Up for Primary Languages’ on 27th September? Book here.
For general enquiries relating to KS2 Languages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Support and Training
We can offer tailored support and guidance to all schools interested in improving teaching and learning as well as calendared training events. Popular events are our ‘3 Day Subject Leader for Languages’ which starts on 4th October and our annual Subject Leader of Languages conference on 2nd December. NEW for this year is the ‘Getting to grips with Grammar KS2 Languages’ on 1st November.
To boost your primary NQTs confidence and help them to integrate French into their everyday teaching, we now offer ‘Embedding Fun French in the primary classroom’. The next training date will be on 15 March and can be booked here.
GCSE and A Level
We hope that your students reaped the rewards of their hard work – and yours – this summer. As you prepare to teach the new specification for GCSE Languages, have a look at some of these useful resources to help you.
In July, OFQUAL published Grade Descriptors for GCSE grades 2, 5 and 8. These can be found here. For Ancient Languages, the descriptors are here.
Don’t forget that the examining boards offer lots of free resources for the new specification for both A Level and GCSE.
Support and Training
We can offer tailored support and guidance to all schools interested in improving teaching and learning as well as calendared training events. Our annual Heads of Languages conference on 9th December will feature a session on examination issues.
Newly Qualified Teachers
Every year we provide an intensive three day training course for newly qualified Languages teachers. This is an excellent way of providing support for your NQTs and for them to network and exchange best practice with their peers. The first day of training is on Friday 7 October and places can be booked here.
Foreign Language Assistants
Although provided by the British Council we still offer bespoke training to ensure that your FLA is deployed effectively and settles in quickly thanks to the support of other assistants and ourselves. Local FLA training, based in Hertfordshire, helps them to create a network of other FLAs to ensure that their year abroad is successful both professionally and personally.
Our new FLA induction course offers all the essential training to get the best from your Language Assistant in a new, cost effective 1 day course. Delegates will be given guidance on what is expected of foreign language assistants in order to support teachers and students effectively (including training on Child Protection). Delegates will be given a free copy of Herts for Learning’s ‘Good Practice Guide for FLAs in School’). The FLA training will take place on Monday 17th October. Please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
New School Year Resolutions
Over the summer, you may have seen the BBC article ‘Foreign Languages Slump blamed on Cuts’. To encourage your students to study a language at A Level (and beyond), you may consider the taster day at the University of Essex supported by the Association for Language Learning on Wednesday 16th November, where students will have the opportunity to sample languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian and see the first-hand workings of a university language department. It is an after school event, completely free, and parents are welcome.
You can also sign up for emails from Unitasterdays.com to access language events at other universities.
Like to learn a new language?
It’s not too late to join Future Learn’s beginners Spanish course in conjunction with the OU. Module 2 starts on 12th September. For more details, click here.