Thursday, 9 October 2008

My colleague Tammy Prince headteacher at Garforth Green Lane Primary School contacted me today with some brilliant news...

Nicola Davies, the Year 3 Coordinator for Modern Foreign Languages has been awarded MFL Teacher of the Year at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament today. Nicola has been teaching Spanish and French for the last four years. Her nomination states “Nicola is an experienced, dedicated, enthusiastic and very effective primary teacher in Modern Foreign Languages.” She has a “multi-sensory, fun and innovative approach to teaching and learning in all year groups from Reception to Year 6”. Themed weeks at school and Nativity plays in French are run by Nicola to encourage learning. She has recently been appointed Primary National Strategy Leading Teacher in Modern Foreign Languages.

Scholastic and La Jolie Ronde decided to launch this Award from a shared desire to recognise and celebrate the very best in language teaching taking place in UK primary schools. From 2010, the teaching of foreign languages will become compulsory for all Key Stage 2 children in England and Wales. This makes the teaching of foreign languages a high priority for teachers and schools.

The finalists were selected by a Panel of experts: Geoff Swinn, Deputy CEO and Director of Education & Skills, The National Centre for Languages (CILT), Michelle Guy (Editor, Junior Education PLUS), Colette Hallam, Founder of La Jolie Ronde, Peter Satchwell, Independent Language Consultant and Britta Giersche – German Managing Editor Mary Glasgow Magazines.

Nicola can choose either an all expenses paid two-day trip to Northern France for up to 30 children and 5 teachers or a tailored MFL training course. She will also receive £1000 of La Jolie Ronde resources and £1000 of Scholastic books, plus a framed certificate and a class set of La Petite Presse, Scholastic Modern Foreign Languages book and a Scholastic magazine subscription of her choice.

Congratulations to Nicola, one of our stars releasing the magic at Green Lane Primary School!

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