The course will provide you with strategies to realise an ambitious vision for your MFL Department and cope with the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. Academic leadership is a rewarding but challenging responsibility. During the day we will cover many leadership topics including leading from the middle, increasing engagement and maximising student potential through effective teaching and learning, establishing a strong co-curricular programme and a robust assessment structure. You will leave equipped with practical strategies and ideas based on research and practice that you will be able to confidently apply to your own context. The course will be an opportunity to engage with other MFL leaders, developing a wider network.


By attending this course you will gain an insight into:

  • Analyse how to review and enhance MFL curriculum
  • Explore how to plan and ensure effective teaching and learning across your department.
  • Increase engagement and attainment by using metacognition to promote independent behaviours.
  • Develop successful tracking systems to show progress in teaching, learning and attainment.
  • Develop strong co-curricular offering promoting pupil leadership and raising the profile of Languages.
  • Explore how to motivate, lead and develop your colleagues contributing to the overall success of the school.
DATE & LOCATION Online | Thursday 18 March 2021
Online | Friday 11 June 2021
  • Heads of MFL departments
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed Heads of MFL
  • Heads of Faculty
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 – 10:15am:  Introduction: Academic Leadership.  

10:15 – 11:00am:  Leading MFL curriculum during the pandemic.

We will look at challenges brought on by the pandemic and look at strategies to cope and succeed during these uncertain times. In this session we will explore your own responses and approaches in response to the challenges, as well as plan for future uncertainties to ensure consistent MFL provision.

11:00 – 11:15am: Break/Networking 1

11:15 – 12:00pm:  Leading teaching and learning

We will examine how to continue to deliver effective teaching via real or virtual classrooms to secure positive and effective learning opportunities for pupils. You will be able to share strategies as well as acquire new ones rooted in research and practice.

12:00  – 12:30pm:  Leading departmental CPD

We will discuss what constitutes effective CPD and how we can ensure that it leads to sustainable changes within the department. We will look at ways how to nurture internal CPD as well as tap into the best external sources– twitter, websites and wider organisations

12:30 – 1:00pm:  Leading Co-curricular provision.

Co-curricular provision is a vital part of the MFL department; we will examine how the pandemic has shaped our co-curricular offerings and what we can do to continue providing pupils with engaging opportunities outside of the classroom.

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch  

2:00 -2:45pm: Assessment and Data tracking

We will look at effective formative and summative strategies for different Key Stages, as well as a faculty and whole-department data tracking to ensure consistency between languages. You will be able to take away resources that you could easily change to suit your context or implement straight away.

2:45 – 3:00pm afternoon break 

3:00 – 3:45 Leading and learning from the middle: succeeding as Head of MFL.

Leading from the middle can be challenging; we will discuss what it means to lead with impact and what effective leadership behaviours look like. We will look at possibility of creating a professional community with the purpose of networking and supporting each other.

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Maria O’Neill

Maria O’Neill spent 20 years of teaching Modern Foreign Languages abroad and in the UK. During her career she led Spanish and MFL Departments both in state and independent schools teaching pupils of various ages and abilities. For her commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and outstanding results, she was awarded the status of Advanced Skills teacher which allowed her to make further difference to MFL learners in the LEA through working with Heads of schools, delivering teacher training and contributing to sustainable and innovative MFL curriculum which she presented during DfE learning visits. She is now in the final year of studying for a PhD and sharing her knowledge and experience via training sessions.