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Letter to Primary Heads regarding specialist French teaching

Discussion in 'Primary' started by LucyCruddas, Jul 19, 2020.

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  1. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    I would like to offer specialist French teaching to local primary schools. I am primary trained and as well as being a class teacher I have taught French across KS1 and KS2. Any suggestions of the content of the letter? Thank you
     
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Unfortunately with 'bubbles' probably going to be needed for the Autumn term at least and possibly thereafter without a timetable change, I'm unsure whether anyone would want to introduce someone new, possibly commuting across different schools to their workforce next term, so all I would say is don't spend too long drafting any letter.
    Plus from when I was searching for work years ago, I was warned that Heads rarely get to see 'speculative letters' anyway. They tend to get weeded out by secretaries first. Filed in B for bin.
     
  3. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    Thank you good to know
     
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  4. eleanorms

    eleanorms Occasional commenter

    As you must know, Primary MFL ought in an ideal world to be taught by specialists, but in reality it just won't be. Teachers with GCSE French or Spanish just muddle through with a scheme of work. You might well do better to approach all the independent schools in your area, it could be to their advantage to have someone coming in one or two days without wanting to be taken on full time.
     
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  5. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    Thank you, great idea!
     
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Primary schools do use language specialists to cover PPA, so don't wrote them off.

    Offer what you are prepared to do and mention the cost to the school.
    Have clear bullet points showing your experience and expertise.
     
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  7. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Not necessarily. I once got a lovely post at a very good state school school by sending out an email. I won't go into the full details, but it was for intervention work, and I was an experienced school teacher. I honestly hadn't expected to hear anything, as places did seem to become 'by the book' after the turn of the century, but I was thrilled to be wrong.
    Obviously there wasn't a pandemic at the time, but then, some might say that if thery're opening schools to so many, what's one more?
     
  8. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    Any ideas of costs?
     
  9. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Well I'm assuming you'd like them to pay you?
     
  10. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    Of course just looking to find out hourly costs for a specialist teacher, not dont it before so uncertain as to how much they can charge
     
  11. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I don't know that.. but I would think something like £150 - £200 a day would be about right.
    Supply teachers are in that bracket.
     
  12. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    Great thank you
     
  13. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    I teach Spanish in 3 different schools, and got all those jobs (and the primary French one I had previously) by emailing lots of different schools. Peripatetic teachers have been cleared to return to work come September (it's mentioned specifically in the guidance), so I'll be returning to all 3 of my schools.
     
  14. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    Hi this is really positive news, thank you
    Would you be able to send me a copy of the email to give me an idea of a successful letter?
     
  15. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Good to know that Geekie. :)
     
  16. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Unfortunately I don't think mine would help you much, as I am already known to most of the HTs in the LA as I used to be the Primary Languages adviser. However, if I were an HT, I would want to read about:
    • Your qualifications, especially your language qualifications
    • The language(s) you can offer
    • Your experience
    • Your familiarity with the primary languages PoS
    • Your knowledge of primary languages pedagogy
    • Your availability
     
  17. LucyCruddas

    LucyCruddas New commenter

    Wonderful thank you
     
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  18. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    I would be addressing it to the CoG as well, as they are usually the one who would approve this in conjunction with the Headteacher due to budgets...

    In my school, we started the French teaching for Year 4,5 and 6 pupils about 15 years ago - started off with a specialist teacher at the local feeder secondary school (who was part time there, and part time with us) and when they retired, we employed a full time MFL teacher to lead the curriculum as it was a success.

    I can’t see this being a necessity at the minute given the current COVID situation, might be worth setting up job alerts though- good Luck!
     

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