Brooke Weston’s Modern Foreign Languages department has been awarded the Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark. The Mark has been awarded in recognition of the work done in 2014/2015 in response to the department’s membership of the Institute’s Schools Programme. In order to be eligible for the Mark the department has to evidence impact in four key areas; increasing challenge within the curriculum, enthusing students through subject-based extra-curricular activities, developing the staff’s own specialist subject knowledge and developing subject-based links outside school.
Since our successful application our Head of MFL, Mrs Navarro-Marin has also been trained as a PTI assessor. She said: ‘I went along in June to be trained then on Friday 10th July I went to London to be the assessor for nine different schools. I looked through everybody’s development plan and asked questions and if there was something particularly successful I asked them to share it with the group. Afterwards I had my individual interview with them to go through any extra things from their development plans and each school has to work within its own context and budget. Everybody passed in my group.
‘In order to get the Mark there are four different standards and you need to evidence at least two or three developments going on in each. Our evidence for Brooke Weston is that's we have had two members of staff who have achieved their A Level Spanish and we have developed outside links, for example with visits to universities plus the University of Nottingham is going to visit to teach Mandarin and we also have links with Warwick University who have delivered two talks here already. Part of the curriculum development was designing new resources for students to meet the new GCSE requirements so this Mark has really been earned by everybody in the MFL department who have all contributed. The Princes Teaching Institute is really well thought of and so being awarded this mark is good for our reputation, both as a department, and also as a school.’