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Free foreign language help for local primary teachers thanks to £100,000 award to University of Warwick

French lessonWest Midlands and Warwickshire primary teachers are being offered free foreign language support thanks to a government grant of almost £100,000 to the University of Warwick to provide professional development for primary school teachers in modern foreign language teaching.

The UK’s Department for Education have given £99,849 to the University of Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education and its Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research to partner with Coventry’s Tile Hill Wood and Howes Primary schools to deliver the programme.

The grant will provide professional development for Modern Foreign Languages with a focus on French writing and grammar for subject leaders and class teachers in the West Midlands and Warwickshire through a blended learning model of face to face and online tuition. The intention is to grow this West Midlands programme to a national programme in 2015-16.

Dr Adam Boddison, the Director of the University Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Tile Hill Wood and Howes Primary Schools to provide professional development for primary school teachers. This project forms part of a portfolio of professional development opportunities being developed by our Centre both in the UK and overseas and will make use of innovative e-learning technology to build a national support programme for primary school teachers.”

West Midlands and Warwickshire primary school teachers can find out more about the programme by emailing cpd@warwick.ac.uk

Note for Editors:

The University of Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education offers professional development programmes for a wide range of UK and international organisations including governments, ministries of education, schools and colleges.

The Centre also offers an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (IPGCE) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (university and school-led training routes) for Early Years, Primary and Secondary educationThe Centre utilises the latest learning technologies and pedagogical developments and is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

For further information please contact:

Dr Adam Boddison, Director of the University Warwick’s Centre for Professional Education
Tel: 024 76 524412

Or

Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy
University of Warwick
Tel UK 024 76523708 office
07767 655860 mobile
Email p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk 
Twitter @peterjdunn

PR220 8th September 2014