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Our Achievements

We always believe in sharing our achievements as a way of sharing best practice amongst our school network


Great Britain’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Primary PPA Cover’s business owners Kerry & Stacey Barsby won Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2017. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in the UK and Stacey and Kerry were very surprised to walk away with the award after 1,500 businesses entered and most of them were household names and renowned businesses. Please see link: https://www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com/news/natwest-great-british-entrepreneur-awards-announces-birmingham-winners/

UK’s Best PPA Staff Recruiter

In 2017, we were delighted to be awarded the UK’s best PPA staff recruiter by CV magazine.

Leaders in Educational Recruitment

Also in 2017, we were honoured to receive the “Leaders in Educational Recruitment” award from Acquistion International Ltd.

MFL Curriculum

We have created our own Primary MFL Curriculum that ticks all boxes outlined in the new National Curriculum. Our LinguaLearn© programme has been graded as “Outstanding” every time it has been observed and we are honoured to be the UK’s Leading MFL specialists for primary teaching. The curriculum was certified by UKCCS in 2013 and was transferred into an interactive software in 2017, by investing over £15,000 into the programme. We are currently working towards achieving NCFE accreditation for the programme.

British Gymnastics Certification

We are proud to announce that in 2016, we started to enable children to work towards British Gymnastics badges within their PPA lessons. This has had a phenomenal impact on children’s learning and has also inspired children to pursue gymnastics outside of curriculum time and enter regional and national competitions.

Residential trips to Spain

Any school studying our LinguaLearn© programme is invited to take part in our residential language immersion programme that takes place in San Pedro de Alcántara in Spain. The children stay in the lovely village of San Pedro and attend one of Spain’s leading primary schools for the duration of one week. The programme has been running since 2014 and all schools that have attended have rebooked to attend again. The benefits of the programme include: children’s confidence, independence, Spanish language skills and much more! For more information about the school, please visit www.laudesanpedro.com. See below photographs of UK students at our school in Spain.

Vocab Express

All schools studying our LinguaLearn© programme are invited to compete in the national and global heats of Vocab Express via our organisation. We enter all children and obtain log-ins for them and run the entire competition for your school. We also obtain the certificates for the winners from Vocab Express and provide an engraved trophy to the winning school. See below photographs of trophies and certificates. We are proud to have won Vocab Express in 2017!

Inter-school Song Competition

In 2016, we launched a competition that happens annually for all schools that purchase Music from us. All of our Music Specialists use our School Song Tool Kit to guide children into writing their own school song, including using their musical knowledge to devise lyrics, rhythm, pitch, tone etc. The song is recorded and sent to our HQ by the deadline and the winning school receives a £50 donation to their school!

Salford Business Awards

The Directors of our Company were finalists in Salford Business Awards for their tremendous contribution to primary education.

Young Enterprise UK

The Directors of our Company volunteer with Young Enterprise UK to inspire secondary and college students to set up their own companies and actively run the Company Programme on behalf of Young Enterprise UK.

CPD events

In 2016, we started offering CPD training to primary schools both for their INSET days and also free events for them to join us at a private venue and network with other teachers, ensuring their provisions are up-to-date and the best that they can possibly be.

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Why is the system changing?

  • A lack of expertise and knowledge of MFL has been found across the board
  • Curriculum is being confused with assessment and qualifications
  • Curriculum narrowing (a focus on English and Maths and therefore neglect for MFL)
  • MFL being missed out in Year 6 due to prepration of SATs
  • Social justice issues
  • Lack of teaching expertise n Inspectors found that, in over half of the schools in the sample, the lack of confidence, subject knowledge and need for training was the biggest challenge to improving the quality of their foreign language provision.  This lack of expertise was also highlighted in the questionnaire for language specialists or teachers as a particular concern for primary schools in meeting the requirements of the national curriculum
  • Confidence and subject expertise was the main concern for just under half of respondents.
  • Transition arrangements:  In half of the schools, inspectors reported that the primary schools were not working well with secondary schools to ensure that there is effective transition in foreign language learning from primary to secondary.

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What will be changing?

  • Children and students first – avoiding curriculum narrowing, even in upper KS2
  • Solid evidence for MFL
  • Quality of education – outcomes, assessment and curriculum delivery
  • Work scrutiny for MFL
  • Work should be demanding and coherently planned
  • Children to remember what they have been taught long term
  • Teachers must have good knowledge of the subjects

 

“During an inspection, if Ofsted are to “dig deep” in MFL, what can I expect?”

 

  • Discussions with senior leaders about the MFL provision and their curriculum
  • Discussions with curriculum leaders and language teachers about the depth of the curriculum and how it progresses – what should children be able to do by the time they reach Year 6?
  • Observations of lessons
  • Book scrutiny
  • Discussions between the inspector and inidivdual children about what they remember and why they are learning what they are learning
  • A look into pronunciation of teachers and children
  • A look into evidence of progression across the curriculum

Note: if MFL is not delivered on the day of inspection, all of the above will still happen other than lesson observations – book scrutiny

 

“What questions might I be asked as MFL Lead or MFL teacher in my primary school?”

 

  • How do you structure your support for non-specialist teachers?
  • How do you ensure you cover the programme of study?
  • Do all children have access?
  • How secondary and primary ?
  • What are the needs of your cohort and how has this affected your curriculum?
  • Why did you choose that scheme of work?
  • How do you ensure it builds on prior knowledge?
  • How do you ensure your progress is not just adding more vocabulary but grammatical structure?
  • How does this lesson fit within your scheme of work?
  • Can children manipulate a basic sentence by end of year 6?
  • Pronunciation of teachers and children
  • Evidence of progression across the curriculum
  • If your school is doing a carousel with 3 languages, for example: “What is the rationale behind that? What is the progress in each language? Have you thought about the phonological structure of each language? Are the languages being compared?

If MFL is evidently not a priority, Ofsted will want to see a plan of how the school will achieve the above.

 

 

 

Ofsted are asking the question: “Who is leading primary languages in primary schools?”

 

What are Ofsted looking for in primary languages?

  • Ofsted definition of curriculum: intent, implementation, impact (framework, support, progress) i.e. having clear intnetions of where the curriculum is going to achieve the desired progress
  • A curriculum with depth - developing knowledge and understanding, not memorising disconnected facts
  • Knowledge and vocabulary is at the heart of what Ofsted are looking for
  • A curriculum with clear progression: there are serious consequences for pupils when a curriculum is not sequenced or designed effectively. Gaps in pupils’ knowledge accumulate as they become layered on top of one another in a curriculum sequence.
  • Pupils learning the knowledge they need to avoid knowledge deficit (Fisher, Hnadbook kf applied behaviour)

“12 years of education should give children a solid foundation for languages” Ofsted, January 2019

 

“What if my school is an Academy?”

 

  • All pupils in maintained schools are expected to study the national curriculum. Academies must offer all pupils a curriculum of a similar breadth and ambition as the national curriculum (Ofsted school inspection update)

 

If we provide your MFL provision, what will we be changing over the summer to ensure we meet the guidelines for the new framework?

  • Assessment criteria from Y3-6 in line with the new inspection framework
  • A NEW childrens “quiz” area on our TeachTool platform to enable children to track their progress in the language
  • End of unit comments area to be emailed to our liason at your school at the end of each unit, complete with childrens progress
  • Restructure of annual reports for MFL in line with the new inspection framework

If you have any questions about your MFL provision or if you need to arrange your MFL provision for September, please get in touch with us.