Teacher Subject Specialist Training - MFL (French or Spanish at Secondary)

The Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST) was introduced by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in 2016 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 the DfE, 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 Spanish.

  • Increasing understanding and confidence in teaching French or Spanish at KS3/4
  • Developing an understanding of how MFL teaching differs from teaching other subjects
  • 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 Spanish in the UK. It may also be appropriate for returning teachers to refresh their pedagogical knowledge and understanding.

Who is it for?

  • non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach French or Spanish in addition to, or as their main subject
  • non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching French or Spanish (either full-time or in addition to their specialist subject)
  • teachers who are looking to return to the profession
  • specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching MFL and who need refresher training to enable a move back to a MFL role
  • specialist MFL teachers who have the capacity to teach a second language in addition to their language specialism
  • teachers WITHOUT QTS teaching in academies are eligible
  • overseas trained teachers (OTT) who are resident and eligible to work in England
  • Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) if outside of their subject specialism
  • Primary teachers are eligible if they will be teaching year 7 or 8 pupils as part of cross-school key stage 2 and 3 collaboration, e.g. in a Multi Academy Trust (MAT)
  • Primary teachers, if they have firm plans to convert from primary to a secondary teaching post
  • Those who are members of, and have been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) by the Society for Education, are eligible if they have firm plans to teach either French or Spanish in a school or sixth form college.
  • Supply teachers are eligible if they do not have a contract with a school and are committed to returning to a permanent post
  • Non-specialist teachers currently teaching French or Spanish, in addition to their specialist subject (i.e. a teacher of Spanish wishing to teach French, a History teacher teaching French)

Programme structure
A blended learning programme including:

  • Pre-start resources and reading materials
  • 7 Face to Face sessions (2 sessions from 2:00pm to 5:00pm & 5 sessions from 4:00pm to 6:00pm)
  • Online elements and support
  • Independent learning in between sessions
  • The equivalent of a 2-day System Leader/SLE support for participants including visits to schools where appropriate
  • 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.

N.B. Schools are advised to provide the participant with support from a Mentor, enabling the above to take place.  We will provide additional guidance for mentors.

Suggested session content

  • Baseline assessment (measuring individual participant starting points)
  • Speaking Strategies and use of target language
  • Planning and preparing effective lessons with practical strategies of how to use engaging resources
  • Differentiation
  • Teaching grammar
  • How to prepare students for GCSE language teaching

Who is delivering the programme?
The whole programme is delivered by Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs). Each Leader 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 Initial Application Form via the link on the right hand side of the screen.  For further information, please contact:
Mel Jones, Billericay TSA  E: mjones@billericayschool.com
T: 01277 314424

Course start date TBC
Course duration 7 face to Face sessions across the academic year
Course time 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Venue Anglo European School, Willow Green, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 0DJ
Cost £0.00

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