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Dear John: teaching languages in primary school

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by sev_dailliet, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Hi, I've been teaching French for the best part of 10 years, and after a brief spell working part time after having a baby, my school (Academy) is now putting pressure on me to work full time again, which I am very reluctant to do, as i live so far from my work. I have been dissatisfied with my job for a while (main reason being the fact we all teach to the test and poorly motivated students) and have been thinking about reconverting to primary school.
    My questions are:
    • what is the current policy regarding mfl teaching in primary?
    • are there posts out there for peripatetic teachers of languages?
    • who best to contact?
    Thanks a lot
  2. Apologies, it should have said dear Joe!
  3. dalej

    dalej New commenter

  4. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Hi Sev,

    I made the move from secondary to primary three years ago, for much the same reason as you mention. It gave me my life and my teaching mojo back. At the time I was an AST specialising in primary languages, and I had made some useful contacts in the LA. I would recommend finding out what is happening in local primaries and also seeing if you can contact someone who is already teaching it in your LA. They may know of something going. I would also recommend observing primary lessons to see what it's all about.

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