ASCL Conference for Strategic Leadership of Languages

Etc Venues St Pauls, London 

Developing strategy for growth and success

Join us for our inaugural Conference for Strategic Leadership of Languages where our superb programme of speakers will present tried and tested approaches to help leaders increase language participation and outcomes, access new, funded opportunities for languages, and establish a school culture where languages flourish. 

The event will empower leaders to:
  • build a strong and sustainable languages department 
  • ensure effective line management of languages departments 
  • develop a school culture which enables you to navigate and overcome barriers to language learning
In addition, two headteacher panels will respond to these key questions, among others:
  • How can we successfully recruit and retain languages teachers?
  • How can we encourage uptake of languages (particularly boys and disadvantaged pupils)?
  • What key questions should we be asking our languages teams?
  • What does good support for our languages teams look like? 
  • How can we build support for languages within our local community?
  • How can we improve our Ebacc figures? 
The conference will also include practical information and key updates on Ebacc policy, supporting home, heritage and community languages in your schools, and motivational opportunities for languages beyond schools.

ASCL is working in partnership with the Association for Language Learning, the British Council and the Goethe Institut. Each delegate will also receive a jointly-produced booklet in their pack entitled 50 ways to build an effective languages department in your school.
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Suzanne O'Farrell

ASCL MFL Consultant

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Tiffnie Harris

Primary and Data Specialist

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Sir Ian Bauckham CBE

Chief Regulator, Ofqual

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Sir Martyn Oliver

HMCI Ofsted

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Andrea Pfeil

Head of Language Department North West Europe at the Goethe-Institut London

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Bernardette Holmes MBE

Director, National Consortium for Languages Education (NCLE)

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Vicky Gough

Lead for Modern Languages, British Council

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Prof. René Koglbauer

Dean of Lifelong Learning and Professional Practice, Newcastle University

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Tonia Antoniazzi MP

Labour MP, Gower

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Paul Thomas

Headteacher, Parkwood Primary School

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Jane Driver

Principal, North Cambridge Academy

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Jim Balkwill

Deputy CEO, Pele Trust

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£199+VAT for one person
Multiple delegate rate: £175+VAT per person

08:30       Registration, exhibition and refreshments
09:30       Welcome
09:45       Keynote
Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Minister of State for Schools (invited)
10:05       Keynote
Sir Martyn Oliver, HMCI, Ofsted (invited)
10:15       Headteacher Panel
Chair: Sir Ian Bauckham CBE, Chief Regulator, Ofqual
Jane Driver, Principal, North Cambridge Academy
Other speakers tbc
How can we recruit and retain?
What key questions can we ask our languages teams?
What does good support for languages look like?      
11:00       Refreshment break and exhibition
11:25       The Impact of MfL on School Performance Measures: an update 
Tiffnie Harris, ASCL Primary and Data Specialist
11:50       Languages: Defining Today, Transforming Tomorrow
Bernardette Holmes MBE, Director, National Consortium for Languages Education (NCLE)
12:15       Advocating for German
Andrea Pfeil, Deputy Director, Goethe-Institut London
12:30       Lunch and exhibition
13:15       Keynote
Tonia Antoniazzi MP, Vice Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages
13:35       International partnerships supporting language learning
Vicky Gough, Schools Adviser, British Council
13:50       Headteacher Panel
Chair: Suzanne O’Farrell, ASCL MFL Specialist
Joan Deslandes, Headteacher, Kingsford Community School (invited)
Paul Thomas, Headteacher, Parkwood Primary School
Other speakers tbc
How can we encourage uptake (inc boys and disadvantaged pupils)?
How can we support those with home, heritage and community languages?
How can we build support with parents and the local community?
How can we effectively structure choices at each key stage?
14:30       Refreshment break and exhibition
14:45       Maximising partnerships for languages
Professor Rene Koglbauer, Dean of Lifelong Learning and Professional Practice, Newcastle University and Chair of Trustees, Association for Language Learning
15:10       Closing remarks
Bernardette Holmes MBE
15:15       Drinks reception and networking
16:15       Close

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This event is suitable for all leaders involved in curriculum development and strategic planning in their school, college or trust and across primary, secondary and post-16 phases.