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Professional Language Networks celebrate supporting over 6000 London pupils

6 October 2017

Children in the Professional Languages Network Hub Class

On Thursday 5 October the University hosted the London Schools Excellence Legacy Fund Project celebration event to mark the success of the work accomplished by the University’s Professional Language Networks Hub.

The Legacy project, supported by the Mayor of London and funded by the Greater London Authority, aims at focusing on raising the quality of teaching in primary and secondary schools and improving pupils’ attainment in core subjects including languages.

Among these funded learning projects, the University of Westminster’s ‘Professional Language Networks Hubs’ Legacy Project has aimed to enhance language teachers’ subject knowledge and leadership skills in primary and secondary schools across London, by using evidence-based approaches to develop their practice further.

The University of Westminster’s team of experts have overseen the development of the local hubs in London, ensuring that lead practitioners receive the necessary training that will equip them with the skills, academic knowledge and confidence to use evidence-based approaches to further develop their practice and to be able to support their colleagues.

The hub, built upon the work accomplished by the University of Westminster’s original LSEF project, has directly supported 16 schools, 20 teachers and 6085 pupils since its creation. 32 networking events have reached over 460 teachers across London.

Domini Stone presenting at the London Schools Excellence Legacy Fund Project
Domini Stone presenting at the London Schools Excellence Legacy Fund Project celebration at the University of Westminster

One of the Legacy Project participants, who benefited from the learning hub, said about the training and experience he gained: “The project offered the very rare opportunity for linking classroom practice with theoretical frameworks and principles. Taking part in in the Action Research Module, for instance, represented an incredible opportunity to enhance individual skills, exploring and developing them in a process of systematic reflection. A fantastic experience.”

The event, hosted at Regent Street Campus on Thursday 5 October, included a talk by the Deputy Mayor of London, Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, a welcome address by Professor Andrew Linn, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as presentations of the project findings from the University of Westminster’s team running the project.

Domini Stone, Legacy Project Academic Lead, said about the success her team achieved: “The Professional Language Networks Hub Project has been a highly rewarding and enriching experience for all involved. In total, seven professional language networks have been created across London, which have generated the sharing of ideas, strategies and resources amongst primary and secondary language teachers. The project activities included mentoring, peer observation, reflective practice and continuing professional development and enabled the language teachers involved to enhance their own subject knowledge, as well as giving them the confidence and skills to lead and promote languages in their schools and wider communities.”

Find out more about the Westminster Professional Language Centre.

Find out more about the Network for Languages London at Westminster Professional Language Centre.

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