University support for teachers as curriculum makes languages compulsory

Language teachers in the Midlands are to receive extra support from Nottingham Trent University to prepare them for the new national curriculum, which introduces compulsory language teaching for all seven – 14 year olds in England.

We're excited to be involved in this project as part of our on-going commitment to supporting teachers.

Clodagh Cooney, manager of Network for Languages East Midlands

Language teachers in the Midlands are to receive extra support from Nottingham Trent University to prepare them for the new national curriculum, which introduces compulsory language teaching for all 7 – 14 year olds in England.

The University's Network for Languages East Midlands centre is part of a successful bid for funding from the Department for Education to offer professional development opportunities for language teachers of this age group.

Called ALL Connect, the project is being run by the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the UK's major subject association for language teachers, and will offer free face to face and online training on major themes such as speaking, writing, grammar, transition and progression to those working in mainstream education.

The teacher-led training model will be provided at a local level, giving participants the opportunity to train and network with peers and to share best practice together.

There will also be an 'enhancement' programme which will allow teachers to take control of their professional development and access a broad range of opportunities.

Clodagh Cooney, manager of Network for Languages East Midlands and ALL Connect's North Midlands regional coordinator, said: "We're excited to be involved in this project as part of our on-going commitment to supporting teachers. The change in the curriculum will be a challenge for some teachers, particularly those in primary schools who will be teaching languages for the first time.

"This funding will allow us to support the teacher-led training they will receive with a programme of complementary personal development activities to develop their skills."

Network for Languages East Midlands sits within Nottingham Trent University's School of Arts and Humanities. It is part of Network for Languages, a national alliance of universities committed to excellence in language learning and teaching, and to supporting language teachers and professionals across all sectors. The centre offers professional development, support, training and networking opportunities for language teachers in primary and secondary schools, colleges and other organisations across the region.

For further details please contact Clodagh Cooney via email; or telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4127

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    1. The Association for Language Learning (ALL): is the UK's major professional association for teachers of foreign languages, with around 5,000 members in all educational sectors. Visit the website for information about ALL's Primary Hubs and the support that ALL offers.

    The website also includes information on CPD and professional networks; guidance for primary teachers on sources of peer support and a collection of the free and commercial resources available to support language teaching from ages seven - 14, chosen by members of the DfE Expert Panel and of the ALL Primary Special Interest group as ones they use. They are listed by language, and include resources, publications, websites and online materials for developing cultural awareness.

    2. The new national curriculum for England: The national curriculum statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for languages at Key Stages 2 and 3 are now available. They will be taught in England from September 2014.

University support for teachers as curriculum makes languages compulsory

Published on 2 October 2014
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