Teacher Subject Specialist Training - MFL (French and German at Secondary)

Important Message

To attend this programme you will need to download and complete the Application form via the link on the right hand side of the screen.

The Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST) was introduced by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to improve the subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers and returning teachers and increase the number of hours taught in secondary MFL. It aims to build capacity to enable schools to manage workforce and deployment challenges.

Following a successful bid to NCTL, this programme is fully-funded. There is no cost to participants.

The programme aims to increase participants’ subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogical knowledge, and increase confidence levels in teaching French or German.

  • Increasing understanding and confidence in teaching French or German at KS3/4
  • Developing an understanding of misconceptions and how these can be addressed
  • Being able to draw on a wide range of techniques, strategies and pedagogies to improve students’ knowledge and understanding

The upskilling of teachers will improve the quality of teaching, which will impact directly on the classroom. The programme will increase capacity in schools, where recruitment and retention of subject specialists is problematic.

Programme overview
This is an 8-month blended-learning programme focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy, suitable for non-subject specialists, existing MFL teachers wishing to teach an additional language or natives with little experience of teaching French or German in the UK. It may also be appropriate for returning teachers to refresh their pedagogical knowledge and understanding.

Who is it for?

  • Teachers returning to the profession
  • Overseas Trained Teachers (OTT)
  • Teachers not currently teaching French or German with post A Level MFL qualifications, or good A Level Qualifications.
  • Teachers not teaching French or German but are native or near native speakers.
  • Non-specialist teachers currently teaching French or German, in addition to their specialist subject (i.e. A teacher of Spanish wishing to teach French or German, a History teacher teaching French)
  • Specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching French or German, who would benefit from refresher training to enable the transition back to MFL.
  • Specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching French or German, who would benefit from refresher training to enable the transition back to MFL.

In addition to the above, the following eligibility criteria also applies

  • NQTs (where TSST is in addition to their specialism)
  • Supply and peripatetic teachers who do not have a contract with a school and are committed to returning to a permanent post in a secondary school or sixth form college
  • Teachers without QTS working in academies

Programme structure
A blended learning programme including:

  • Pre-start resources and reading materials
  • 8 Face to Face twilights (16:00pm to 18:00pm)
  • Online elements and support
  • Independent learning in between sessions
  • The equivalent of a 1-day SLE visit to participant schools, and participant opportunities to visit a SLE school.
  • Final Assessment and Outcomes – measuring progress made, and evaluation,
  • Completion – Billericay Educational Consortium, an accredited SCITT, will award a certificate detailing the content of the programme. Certification will recognise the learning undertaken and progress made.

Schools are advised to provide the participant with support from a Mentor, enabling the above to take place.

Twilight content

  • Baseline assessment (measuring individual participant starting points)
  • GCSE language teaching
  • Planning and preparing effective lessons
  • Practical strategies / engaging resources
  • Using target language
  • Differentiation
  • Teaching grammar
  • Assessment of the four core skills

Who is delivering the programme?
The whole programme is delivered by Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs). Each SLE is highly experienced and skilled, and are frequently involved in supporting MFL in schools across the area, leading networks, and delivering bespoke training.

 Benefits to schools

  • improved quality of teaching, learning and student outcomes
  • increased capacity for the delivery of MFL, particularly in the provision of the EBacc.
  • enhanced recruitment and retention

Contact details
To apply to attend this programme, please download the Application Form via the link on the right hand side of the screen.  For further information, please contact:
Tony Ward, Billericay TSA  E: tward@billericay.essex.sch.uk
T: 01277 314424

Course start date 08 November 2017
Course duration 8 twilight sessions over 8 months (8 Nov 2017 - 19 June 2018)
Course end date 19 June 2018
Course time 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Venue TBC
Cost £0.00
Course Unavailable

Register Interest in This Course

First Name*


Contact Number*

Email Address*