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French teachers in primary schools...

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Ramjam, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Ramjam

    Ramjam New commenter

    Some of our staff would like it very much indeed, but there is no money. French at our school is taught by an ex teacher who is now a volunteer, a self taught teacher, a teacher with a degree in French, who doesn't want to teach it on top of all the other demands and a jobshare teacher. The children enjoy it, but there is no consistency. Once again, the government tried to do it on the cheap, and you get what you pay for. Then the children go to KS3 and all start again at the same point. I remember something like this when I was at school. I would be interested to know how other schools are placed.
  2. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Which is why, in a busy week (most weeks then), if something has to go - French it is.
  3. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Or perhaps worse, feed into 7 different secondary schools which teach four different modern foreign languages between them to Year 7's!
  4. My primary school has a dedicated French teacher. She is employed by the school for three days and does the other two at another primary. She teaches all classes across all years for 40 minutes a week. Have you investigated this as an option?
    Alternatives could be tuition? GCSE stsudents one-to-one, or classes for younger children outside school (like 'La Jolie Ronde' classes?) We have one of these in my town.
  5. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    I was a secondary MFL teacher for 13 years and now teach Spanish in one primary school for 1.5 days and French in another for 1 day. I would say that in my LA no more than 10% of the schools have a "bought in" MFL teacher. The rest have a specialist on the staff or the class teachers do it themselves, to varying degrees of success.

    As has already been mentioned, KS2-KS3 transition remains a huge issue. Are you lucky enough to have an adviser whose brains you can pick? I would also say that this is maybe not the best time of year to be approaching HTs. Better to wait until March-April when they know what budget they have for the forthcoming year.

    Hope this helps.
  6. Also look out for adverts fofr language instructors. I know of a primary school that advertised for an HLTA/Instructor to teach French. But note that schools can only legally employ instructors if there are no qualified teachers available. So if you did see such an advert have the courage to apply for it but then complain if you were rejected in favour of an instructor or were only offered Instructor rates. After all that is the law and people like Nick Gibb state that schools should follow all the regulations and guidelines.
  7. A few years ago, i worked in a primary which mainly fed into one secondary school which taught German as its main MFL. Two of the teachers from that school came to our primary and taught all the children from year 3 up to year 6. It was fantastic - the children were able to carry on right through primary and secondary. I honestly think this is the best arrangement i have come across because the chn learnt the curriculum that suited the secondary school and in the methods that suited them so no teaching/learning was lost.
    Don't know whose budget paid mind you.

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