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Modern Foreign Languages Cover

Using Primary PPA Cover’s Specialist MFL Teachers could not be a more suitable and hassle-free way of covering your school’s requirements of MFL


LinguaLearn©: MFL PPA Cover

Complete 300317 051The LinguaLearn concept was created by the directors of Primary PPA Cover Ltd in 2012 as a way of teaching languages interactively in primary schools. All schools that have decided to use LinguaLearn© to cover their language requirement have been overwhelmed by the children’s progress and enthusiasm towards their language lessons. Since September 2014, every school is required to offer an MFL lesson at least once per week for years three to six (Key Stage 2) and LinguaLearn© could not be a more suitable and hassle-free way of covering the requirements of the new curriculum for the following reasons:

  • Our MFL LinguaLearn© teachers use our specifically designed software which imports class lists and tracks pupil progress as well as providing individual or class reports at the click of a button. For more information on our LinguaLearn© software please click here
  • LinguaLearn© involves a wide variety of cross-curricular links enabling children to excel in other areas of the curriculum whilst learning a new language
  • The programme combines competitions, teamwork and fun which put a new outlook on language learning for children
  • LinguaLearn© opens the opportunity to improve confidence, negotiation and physical activity skills
  • After the first four weeks, at least 60% of the programme is taught in the target language which enables children to be constantly listening to the new language and learning without realising
  • LinguaLearn© improves children’s literacy and numeracy skills and opens greater opportunities for children at college and university; having acquire a language skill at such a young age
  • Due to our international schools’ links, we facilitate international learning opportunities for the children such as; Skype interactive sessions with schools in Spain, pen-pal schemes, and even residential trips abroad. For more information on this, please contact us.

LinguaLearn© LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • French

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Schools are to choose one language from the above options for their LinguaLearn© programme.

Although languages are only a compulsory requirement for Key Stage 2 (since September 2014), many schools are already asking us to provide a teacher to teach shorter language lessons (30 -45 minutes) for Key Stage 1 ready for when they move up to the next Key Stage, which we can facilitate – please contact us for a quote.

 

Why choose Primary PPA Cover for your MFL provision?

Our recent achievements are as follows:

  • Holy Family Catholic School worked with one of our MFL specialists for the inter-school MFL Competition (Vocab Express) and received an award for the best Primary School for Spanish in the UK
  • St Thomas More Catholic School entered a Spanish Dance routine into our annual ‘Language Fusion’ Midlands Event and won; receiving a trophy for the school and certificates for each child
  • Three of our Primary Schools are due to come to visit our partner school in Spain this year for the third time!

 

At the first stages of the booking process, we will analyse your current provision against the Ofsted requirements and complete our checklist to see how we can improve your MFL provision in school. We will then assign one of our specialist teachers to your school to carry out excellent MFL lessons and to start to work towards targets on your Subject Leader Action Plan for you.

Are you meeting Ofsted’s requirements for MFL provision? Please see guidelines below of what Ofsted look for during inspections:

  • The effectiveness of the provision
  • Opportunities to progress
  • 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a foreign language
  • Work in books
  • Display boards
  • Increasing opportunities to develop their language skills
  • Accurate pronunciation
  • Children able to develop simple sentences, moving into joining those sentences together

If you do not believe that your current provision is of the quality that it needs to be according to the above guidelines, please contact us and we will be happy to help you. If you would like a copy of our scheme of work, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

To see our MFL Framework which outlines our Medium and Long Term Plans throughout KS1 and KS2 please contact us.

All Schools who use Primary PPA Cover Ltd receive a cheque for £100 for a successful recommendation to another Primary School as we truly value your recommendations.

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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.