We are delighted to offer this Leadership course, led by Stuart Glover, who has been Head of MFL at both The Commonweal School, Swindon and Beaufort Co-operative Academy.

This course will explore the unique challenges of the Head of MFL role, helping both experienced Heads of MFL and those new or aspiring to the role to develop as inspirational leaders and effective managers. With lively discussion and sharing of best practice, we will cover the key aspects of the role, including how to build our vision and inspire our departments, how to model outstanding teaching and learning, and how to raise the profile of MFL with SLT and within the school as a whole. We will look at how best to recruit new teachers, support the professional development of our staff and manage difficult situations in a range of contexts. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss and review the impact of the new GCSE and A-Level specifications on our curriculum and schemes of work.

The course is designed for all Heads of MFL, as well as for those seeking promotion to a Head of Languages position.


By the end of the course, delegates will have:

  • Considered the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of MFL
  • Reflected upon and developed ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of Languages
  • Enhanced their ability to recruit, lead, support and develop their staff
  • Looked at the impact of the specifications on their teaching
  • Developed ideas for modelling outstanding teaching and learning within the classroom
  • Explored ways to promote MFL to their SLTs and within a wider school context


COURSE DATE In-school only
  • Heads of Modern Languages
  • Aspiring Heads of Modern Languages
  • Senior Leaders in charge of Heads of Department
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.15am
Leadership and Vision

  • Considering the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of MFL
  • Reflecting upon and developing ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of MFL
  • Defining and building a departmental vision
  • Designing an inspiring MFL curriculum
  • Discussion: reviewing and analysing the impact of the GCSE and A level specifications on MFL teaching

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Staff Development: Recruiting, Leading, Supporting and Developing Your Staff

  • Inspiring, motivating and developing members of the department
  • Implementing and managing departmental systems and paperwork
  • Effective lesson observation and monitoring
  • Strategies to manage difficult situations in a range of contexts
  • Recruiting the best teachers for your department
  • Supporting the professional development of your staff

12.45 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Promoting the MFL Department

  • Exploring ways to promote MFL to your SLTs and within a wider school context
  • Utilising your budget effectively
  • Building links with the wider community/trips abroad

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Exploring ideas for modelling outstanding teaching and learning within the classroom
  • Encouraging innovation
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback
  • Pupil voice, reflection and target-setting for effective progression

Stuart Glover

Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French. He has been chief examiner for igcse French for 5 years, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for fcse French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body. He has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing. Stuart is currently teaching Years 12 and 13 part-time at an academy in Gloucester, after having been head of MFL in two secondary schools

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