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In School/College INSET

If you are looking for a course to run onsite at your school or college, we have over 800 to chose from. These are all quality assured courses we have successfully run in the recent past.  They have been delivered exclusively by trusted trainers that consistently receive great feedback.  98% of attendees state they would recommend our courses on their evaluation forms.

To narrow down the list of courses to only those in your chosen subject, simply click below on the area of expertise most applicable to you or your colleagues. Otherwise you will be scrolling all 800 teacher training days in alphabetical order!  If you're planning a Whole School INSET day, our unrivalled range of learning and teaching, pastoral care, behaviour, leadership and Special Educational Needs programmes may well prove of interest.

Once you find a course of interest (or if you already know the INSET topic you would like to run) click on the contact form link on this page, including prospective dates, and we will happily check availability for you.  We are offering a 20% discount on all INSET speakers booked in June and July.  This applies even if you are planning ahead for the next academic year.

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Accelerated Language Learning Using Phonics

Delegates will leave having a deeper understanding of the relevance of the sound spelling link and take away practical, ready to use resources (CD and a resource pack) along with a wealth of creative and inspiring ideas. The tutor will provide opportunities during the day for hands on experience of ways of making language lessons more relevant for the 21st century classroom and offer support on how to best use ICT and innovation in language teaching and learning. Delegates will also have the opportunity to network with other colleagues and share ideas throughout the day.

Active Teaching and Learning Strategies in KS3 MFL - Refresh Your Repertoire!

Do you feel as if you have been bombarded with new KS3 MFL initiatives recently? Can't see the wood for the trees? Need some extra ideas to complement the New Secondary Curriculum and KS3 renewed framework implementation? Or some help to hit the PLTS?

If you feel that you'd like to get some practical hints and tips to use in your classroom, then this is the course for you. This lively course will enable you to leave with creative, stimulating ideas for KS3 MFL that you can use straightaway.

AS and A2 Spanish: Successfully Meeting the Demands of Spanish at Advanced Level

The new AS and A2 courses in Spanish have challenged teachers and students alike. Managing the transition from GCSE to AS is one of the greatest challenges if pupils are to meet the demands of the Advanced Level Spanish examinations.

Teachers of Spanish must both support and challenge their pupils whilst at the same time providing a stimulating learning experience to enable pupils to reach their linguistic potential.

Assessing pupil progress and Assignment strategies in Key Stage 3 MFL

This course is designed to support teachers in their assessment of pupils' progress throughout Key Stage 3 in MFL, and to help them make reliable judgements against national standards. In the summer of 2010, QCDA published exemplification materials to provide guidance for teachers in making judgements about pupils' achievement in French, German and Spanish.

Assessment for Learning: Its Place in Motivating Students and Raising Achievement in MFL

Despite recent developments, Assessment for Learning remains shrouded in mystery for many teachers. This one-day course will explain what it is, how it has developed and how languages teachers can best use its insights and techniques not merely to collect data, but also to increase students' motivation and raise their achievement. The course will be useful for any teachers wishing to update their knowledge and understanding of this important area, so as to improve their students' performance in the language skills.

Become an Outstanding MFL Teacher: 50 Top Tips for Teachers

This course aims to provide practical tips and strategies which will be of immediate use in the classroom. It will allow delegates to consider what constitutes 'outstanding' MFL teaching and to set personal priorities for action.

Blogging & Social Learning Environments for MFL Teachers ML0028

Delegates will learn how blogs, podcasts and even social networking can boost students' languagelearning. Each delegate will create a blog and learn how to embed content in it, including videos, sound files, cartoons and interactive games. Podcasting will be demystified and easy ways of recording and sharing sound will be explained and demonstrated. Delegates will learn how to use some of the best websites for creating language-learning activities as well as exploring ready-made content.

Boosting Interest in MFL French, Spanish and German KS3 & KS4

This one-day course is designed for all French, Spanish and German teachers who are faced with a lack of interest in languages in their school.
This course will explore the reasons why MFL is becoming unpopular and what tactics can be used to counteract these reasons. Course delegates will be provided with a list of strategies which will motivate pupils and encourage them to opt for a language.

Aims of the course are to:
* Improve recruitment into KS4
* Make MFL a popular subject
* Ease the students into GCSE success

Boys and MFL: How to Motivate Boys and Raise Their Achievement

Participants will have the opportunity to gain insights into regarding boys and modern foreign languages from a national perspective and consider in what respects boys' approaches to learning differ from those of girls, and the impact this has on their attitudes to languages.

Delivering the new GCSE in French/German/Spanish

This key training will consider the implications of the new specification for French, Spanish or German GCSE. It will look at preparing for assessment, external and controlled. Delegates will examine effective methodology using practical examples in all four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing. Attendees will also explore how to engage learners at this level and how to help them to become more involved and proactive in their own learning.

Delivering the new German AS and A2 specification successfully

The course will examine the new German specification at AS and A2 and reflect on the implications for planning and teaching. It will offer ideas to help bridge the gap between GCSE and A level and suggest ways to prepare A2 pupils for the second stage of their course.

Developing Speaking Skills: A one-day course for MFL teachers

Speaking in a second language is something which many learners find challenging.
It’s the most complex skill for teachers and exam boards to assess, and arguably the
hardest to teach. And yet for most learners and teachers the ability to communicate
through speaking is the number one priority. We tend to say ‘Which languages do you
speak?’ as opposed to read, write or understand because speaking shows a level of
language ownership which is not present in other skills. But speaking is not only a way

Digital Audio and Video in the MFL Classroom

Working with digital audio and video has never been easier. In a series of presentations and handson activities participants explore audio and video for Modern Languages and gain basic recording and editing skills. Delegates will return to school with an understanding of the value and place of digital audio and video in the Modern Languages department, an awareness of practical issues, and equipped to make an immediate impact on teaching and learning.

Effective Strategies for Teaching GCSE French

Teachers will be invited to explore and discuss specific strategies for developing the 4 linguistic skills.

We will look how best to prepare students for the controlled assessments, without allowing these to "hijack" the teaching and learning process.

We will look at a range of strategies for developing students' study skills , and raise their awareness of how to change Ds into Cs and As into A*s. We will consider effective ways to teach grammar and how to help students of all abilities to extend their range and vocabulary.

Effective Strategies for Teaching Gifted and Talented students in Modern Languages, from KS3 to KS5

The aim of the course is to help teachers improve their knowledge - and to discuss essential aspects of - the provision for Gifted and Talented students as well as to look at some practical examples for effective differentiation. Examples and practical materials will be provided.

A questionnaire will be sent so as to inform the course leader about the teaching circumstances of each attendee.

N.B The KS5 sessions will run if there are sufficient delegates for whom this is relevant.

Essential ICT Powertools for MFL Teachers: Hands-on course suitable for all phases

Powertools get the job done quickly, effectively and with a minimum of hassle, if only you knew which tools to choose! This HANDS-ON course will guide you to the most effective sites and applications available for free and show you how to use them. ICT Powertools will enable you to motivate and enthuse students, enabling them to understand structures and retain vocabulary through engaging, fun multimedia activities.

Expert in a day: iPads/tablets in the MFL classroom

iPads and tablets are powerful tools to excite and engage students,
and get them doing more of the work more of the time! In one day
you will learn how to use a carefully selected range of functions,
sites and apps, which will provide a whole new dimension to your
department’s teaching and revitalise your Schemes of Work.
This course is aimed at Secondary/FE MFL teachers relatively new

Fifty Top Tips for Language Teachers: A Day of Ideas, Inspiration & Guidance

This one-day course is intended for any modern languages teachers who are seeking fresh ideas and inspiration and looking for practical strategies to inspire pupils, increase their motivation and raise their achievement in the classroom. It will be useful for NQTs and those in the early years of their career as well as for more experienced colleagues who wish to update their skills and ideas - and extend their repertoire of classroom techniques.

From Experienced to Expert MFL Teacher: Enabling and Encouraging All Language Learners to Make Exceptional Progress

Most teachers develop their skills significantly during their first few years in the classroom, then reach a plateau. How can MFL teachers go from strength to strength and ensure that their pupils consistantly achieve their very best.

This course will explore what distinguishes expert MFL teachers from other colleagues. It will identify ways in which the best MFL teachers constantly challenge pupils across the ability range to make excellent progress, whilst simultaneously equipping learners with the language-learning tools to succeed.

GCSE MFL and Controlled Assessment: Practical Guidance from Examiners - A National Conference

Changes in assessment requirements have brought new demands for MFL departments. Teachers of GCSE French, German and Spanish are at the forefront of ensuring that all controlled assessment is carried out in line with JCQ and awarding body guidelines whilst at the same time enhancing the language learning experience for their students.

GCSE MFL and Controlled Assessments in MFL: Maximising Achievement for Your Students

Changes in assessment requirements have brought new demands for MFL departments. Teachers of GCSE French, German and Spanish are at the forefront of ensuring that all controlled assessment is carried out in line with JCQ and awarding body guidelines, whilst at the same time enhancing the language learning experience for their students.

GCSE Modern Foreign Languages Preparing for the New GCSE exam: a day of Expert Advice and Practical help

This one-day workshop is intended for all teachers of French, German
and Spanish - from Heads of Department to NQTs who are keen to
sharpen their preparation for the new examination scheduled for
Summer 2018.

Aims of the course are to:

Getting Better Grades at GCSE MFL (French German & Spanish)


* The current requirements and the new requirements from 2009
* Which board is best for you?
* An early start to exam preparation
* How to get difficult, average and above average students to perform
* UMS - making it work for you
* Tactics in Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
* What it takes to get a C, B, A, A* - examples of work at all levels
* Coping with grammar

How to Get more A*s in MFL GCSE in French, German or Spanish

This course is designed for teachers who teach able students in either a setted or mixed-ability situation or who teach in the independent sector. It will focus on classroom techniques for stretching able pupils and examination technique to ensure the A* grade.

The tutor is an experienced senior examiner and classroom practitioner who will present you with a folder of materials in French, German and Spanish which will be of immediate benefit in the classroom.

How to make MFL accessible to Pupils with Special Educational Needs

Teachers and teaching assistants aiming to make MFL lessons more accessible for students with special educational needs will benefit greatly from this course. An overview of the range of needs of SEN students will be given and strategies offered for adapting MFL lessons to address these needs.

Inputs will include: Language Acquisition; A controlled core of language; Multi-sensory input; Variety of learning styles; Small steps progression.


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