How strong is your MFL KS3? A fresh look at KS3 in the context of the 2019 Ofsted agenda

Why this course?

Key Stage 3 priorities/Ofsted – The 2015 Ofsted report ‘Key Stage 3: the wasted years?’ emphasised the need to make KS3 a higher priority in secondary schools. This has happened to a degree, but Ofsted are now raising concerns about the increasing tendency to track GCSE assessment objectives back into Year 7. Examination performance appears to improve in schools which focus on genuine KS3 priorities in years 7-9.

Key Stage 3 MFL/the eBacc/Key Stage 4 retention – Building a strong KS3 foundation is particularly important not just for exam results but also in the context of KS4 retention and eBacc targets. With this in mind, the recent Teaching Schools Council’s ‘Modern foreign languages pedagogy review’ makes important recommendations for KS3 MFL. Moreover, MFL is one of the subject areas recently selected for an Ofsted review.

So, how might you strengthen MFL at KS3?

In this course, Martine will concentrate particularly on:

  • Unpicking key research findings and current expectations;
  • Should it stay or should it go? Key priorities for KS3 MFL;
  • The many ways of prioritising training over ‘testing’;
  • Basic steps for effective phonics teaching;
  • Grammar, topics and communication: joined-up thinking and best practice;
  • So much to learn! What to prioritise and how to facilitate retention;
  • Use it well: how to promote greater spontaneity and creativity;
  • How to facilitate interaction with authentic resources from an early stage;
  • Shrinking lesson time? Value-for-time classroom techniques;
  • Variety and effectiveness: a fresh look at homework;
  • How assessment can truly support learning.

A teacher-friendly course

In her usual fashion, Martine will concentrate essentially on activity styles which:

  • demand little preparation;
  • are easy to explain to students;
  • are readily applicable to a variety of languages and topics.

Presenter Profile

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Martine Pillette is an independent MFL consultant and author and a senior examiner for an international organisation. As well as working with individual schools to help MFL departments review aspects of their practice, Martine is frequently involved in initiatives aimed at supporting MFL teaching at KS2-5. She is well known for her realistic and engaging classroom ideas and for helping teachers find manageable ways of tackling the forever changing curriculum agenda.is an independent MFL consultant and author and a senior examiner for an international organisation. As well as working with individual schools, she is frequently involved in initiatives aimed at supporting MFL teaching at KS2-5. She is particularly interested in issues of challenge, engagement and skill-based teaching and learning. She is well known for her realistic and engaging classroom ideas.

Feedback from teachers on Martine’s courses

Great ideas, thoughtful, thorough presentation - thank you!
Really useful - thank you for sharing your ideas. I look forward to trying all of these out in class.
A very insightful and thought provoking session. Lots of super useful resources to implement more of Ofsted's criteria.
Some insightful observations on current MFL teaching and practical ideas to help improve my teaching. Overall very thought-provoking. Thank you!
Over and above my already high expectation, I absolutely loved it.
Thank you for a very informative, practical and enjoyable course. Brilliant!

Cost: £185 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £250 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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