MFL lead department

@Highgate Wood School
Montenotte Rd, London, N8 8RN

The Highgate Wood School MFL department has built a great reputation for achieving outstanding results every year. We believe in consistency and achievement for all students and we work collaboratively with students to aim to achieve the best outcomes. Students enjoy coming to Languages and we respond to survey feedback to ensure there is a strong student voice.

The department works as a team to write Scheme of Work, Curriculum mapping, also to share resources and to create Homework, starters with plenaries linked to the new specification from year 7 to year 11.

At GCSE (KS4) we have 6 classes, and in year 11 we are teaching over a quarter of the cohort. Our recruitment has increased from 18% thanks to an active recruitment strategy.

We have a consistent trend over the years with high results. In French, we have achieved in 2015 82% A*-C, in 2016 85% A*-C (national figure = 68.8%), 55% A*-A (national figure 22.7%) and in 2017- 85 % A*-C; 55% A*-A. In Spanish, we have a trend of 91% A*-C with 42% A*-A in 2017.

Our results are well above national averages with an average of + 0.76 Progress score in French and +0.67 progress Score in Spanish.

At A Levels we have 3 small classes, where our students consistently perform well. We have achieved ALPS 1 at A2 in 2017.

1. Leadership and staff structure

1.1  Curriculum Team Leader Aude Lacroix - Line managed by Assistant Head
1.2  We are a very experienced and established department of 5 teachers, 4 of whom have taught in HWS for between 6 and 20 years
1.3  We have 5 volunteer timetabled Language Assistants supporting speaking at KS3, KS4 and KS5
1.4  Line management meetings every 2 weeks during which we follow a whole school self-review cycle
1.5  Regular Curriculum team meetings and department CPD sessions where we share good practice and plan and review teaching strategies

2. Assessment

2.1  Scheduled assessment across key stages - assessments all marked against shared success criteria and students given Mastered/ Secured /Developing and Emerging Mastery statements
2.2  Department data collection and tracking using thorough PLCs - all PLCs have been carefully designed for each year group across the year, including all GCSE key components
2.3  Students familiar with success criteria, which at KS3 and 4 are designed to meet demands of new GCSE specifications, and are encouraged to self and peer assess their work regularly
2.4  Effective and shared homework / marking Policy
2.5  Marking strategies used to maximise impact on learning planning and minimise staff work load
2.6  Detailed analyses of 4 matrix used after exams to inform planning

3. Teaching and Learning

3.1   Creative SOW at KS3 adapted to meet KS4 demands and keep students inspired - 3 year GCSE from year 9
3.2   Mastery Teaching and learning style adopted at KS3
3.3   Literacy skills embedded in curriculum, explicitly teaching students how to structure their answers in order to improve their written and spoken work.
3.4   Vision and department rationale is shared with students (i.e: 3 year GCSE, how to overcome the curve of the Ebbinghaus forgetting Curve in MFL)
3.5   Growth mindset strategies are actively taught and delivered
3.6   Department supports staff in HWS and other school by providing strong strategies and vision when requested

4. Behaviour for Learning

4.1  Students consistently behave well in Languages lessons, due to the excellent relationships that teachers have with their students based on high expectations and mutual respect
4.2  All teachers foster a positive learning environment in their classrooms through frequent use of praise, merits, meet and great at the door, and striving to meet the varying needs of all students, making them feel they can achieve in Languages
4.3  Effective school wide systems used in department in line with School Policies, such as warnings, internal referral, tackling low level disruption, corridor presence and demerits

NRTA lead department costs are £350 per day (£200 per half-day); I undertake to pay this amount on receipt of an invoice from Alexandra Park School; I confirm that the staff member or members who receives support will provide feedback.
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