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ALL West of England – ALL The Way Through

February 29, 2020 @ 09:00 - 13:15

Our incredibly popular annual Saturday morning conference returns for 2020 at the wonderful NEW VENUE: Orchard School Bristol, Filton Rd, Bristol BS7 0XZ

You will also have opportunities to talk to publishers and mingle with other enthusiastic language teachers! This year we would like to invite anyone who wishes to meet afterwards for a drink and further mingling at the ‘Inn on the Green’ pub in Horfield just across the road from the school.

In order to make our event more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, we are asking delegates to bring their own refillable water bottles, keep-cup coffee/tea cups, although there will be mugs available. Our chosen caterers, who are based on Gloucester Road are eco-friendly and use minimum packaging.

Registration from 9am, with stands and exhibitors (publishers, tour operators etc.)

Keynote: Peter Morris: Filling a bucket or lighting a fire?

  • What happens to bright eyed and bushy tailed?
  • Meanings that matter
  • Learning the F in vocab
  • Making marking mean more
  • Are we watching a video?
  • Finding the F in role play
  • We could be heroes, just for one day


You will be able to express workshop preferences when buying your ticket on this site, but your allocated workshops will be confirmed on arrival at the venue and on a first-bought-first-served basis.

First workshop: 11.15 – 12.10


All the way through: Literature

Engagement with literature now features in the Key Stage 3 programme of study and in the GCSE specifications. Following recent A level reforms, all pupils taking a language A level must now study at least one literary work. In this workshop Helen will present ideas for using literature at Key Stage 3 and 4 with material in French, German and Spanish. Using ‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba’ as an example, Ollie will present a range of strategies and share resources for engaging pupils with any A level text.


All the way through: Building on prior learning from KS2 effectively in KS3

In this workshop we will consider how we can ensure that pupils make good progress and how we can help pupils make connections in their learning. We’ll explore the natural links between language learning and other areas of the primary/KS3 curriculum, e.g. literacy/numeracy and the use of photos and enquiry frameworks in history, geography and science. We will look at engaging starter activities that are also ‘self – differentiating’ and links to help us in our planning that have geographical, historical or cultural significance.


All the way through: Implementing the new Ofsted Framework

Are you getting to grips with your 3 Is and deep dives? In this session we will share ideas and strategies which are emerging from the recent Ofsted Education Inspection Framework. As well as looking at curriculum sequencing and planning, we will consider how cultural capital and character education, as well as other aspects of the framework can be part of MFL teaching and learning. Hilary Meakin will share her advice as head of MFL and Ruth Bailey will look at the background to curriculum planning, with insights from Science of Learning concepts.


Second workshop: 12.15 – 13.10


All the way through: Developing an effective listening programme

This workshop will look at the teaching of bottom-up listening skills and “teaching as modelling” as well as its implications for curriculum planning in MFL departments. A brief research background will be offered, together with suggestions for specific low-preparation classroom activities (involving some stress-free audience participation!) and how listening can fit into a planned curriculum.


All the way through: Digital Learning platforms

The use of online platforms can ignite enthusiasm in the subject and ensure sustained engagement in language learning. Students are working, speaking and listening in the target language and learning new concepts (in addition to having fun). Online platforms have the potential to give teachers both summative and formative assessments and help to inform future planning. These online tools are only as good as the hand that wields them and in this workshop, practical ideas will be discussed in how such platforms can be used by teachers.


All the way through: Storytelling to boost MFL literacy

Hannah has been using storytelling in her language lessons for the last 5 years in KS1 & 2 with great success and her action-packed workshop will include tips on:

– Storytelling using whole class repetition and actions to embed structures – Using a variety of engaging practice activities – Innovating the story with comic strip storyboards – Using bilingual dictionaries with support – Gap-filling a final story (combining work from storyboard and dictionary lessons) – Animating puppets or illustrations using the app Chatterpix – Creating an eBook or real book to add to the school library and/or school website as an end of year showpiece.

The session will cover a complete term of work, or longer, but the majority of the ideas can be adapted for stand-alone lessons. The work shown is based on work in KS1&2 lessons but is very adaptable to KS3 teaching and promoting the use of ‘chunking’ to learn structures. Please note, this is an extended version of her session at the Southern Languages Primary Show in November and the examples will be the same as those discussed there.


About the Presenters:

Peter Morris

Peter Morris is an experienced teacher of French and German, is a former Head of MFL at Gordano School, and is accredited as an AST, an SLE and is an SSAT Lead Practitioner. He is the author of several MFL textbooks and has contributed free resources extensively to the TES. He is one of the originators of the TALK Project and has run workshops on various aspects of MFL teaching for ALL, CILT, the SSAT, Bristol University, The Open University and the Council of Europe.

Liz Black

Liz Black has many years teaching experience in primary and secondary schools and as a PGCE mentor and tutor at the University of York. As she has taught languages to students of all ages she has a particular interest in ensuring effective linguistic progression. She has been an active member of ALL’s Primary Steering Group for some time and has developed and trialled a number of KS2-KS3 projects. She works at the Goethe Institut as a teacher trainer on the worldwide DLL programme and most recently she has supported the Erasmus+ project development there of the iPad assessment tool The Language Magician.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a former Head of MFL with over 30 years experience. He authors the resources website frenchteacher.net, has written or co-written three books for MFL teachers: The Language Teacher Toolkit, Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher and Breaking the Sound Barrier: Teaching Language Learners How to Listen. Steve presents for AQA and is Lead Subject Tutor on the PGCE course at the University of Buckingham. He is a frequent blogger and provides occasional CPD in schools and at language teacher conferences.

Phil Edmonds

Phil has been teaching for 11 years and has been a pastoral lead for 6 of those years and Head of Faculty for 2 years. He is passionate linguist and has a particular interest in increasing the uptake at KS4 and transform the outcomes for students in languages in education. An advocate for the use of technology in the classroom, he employs these methods regularly in his lessons and this has been one of the contributing factors in an improvement in the Languages Faculty results.

Ruth Bailey

Ruth has been involved in MFL teaching and learning for more years than she cares to remember! Currently she is PGCE MFL tutor and PGCE co-director at the University of Bristol. After many years as a Languages teacher in schools in London and then setting up a MFL department from scratch, she worked at CILT, the National Centre for Languages, as part of the GTP programme and as Key Stage 3 network coordinator. Before coming to work at the University of Bristol in 2013 she ran the MFL PGCE at Goldsmiths, University of London, working with both primary and secondary trainee teachers.

Hillary Meakin

Hillary is currently Head of Faculty for Modern Foreign Languages at Gordano School. It is a large comprehensive, with 8 teachers in the languages team. Over the last few years they have navigated new GCSE and A level specs, and re-thought and designed KS3 languages in light of changes to KS4 assessment, the new Ofsted framework, and her personal interest in sentence-level teaching approaches – a time of big change! Prior to working at Gordano, Hillary worked at John Cabot Academy, where she was lead for Italian and latterly joint HoF. Her background is in French and Italian (and European Politics!), but now teaches French and Spanish

Hannah White

Hannah White is an enthusiastic, lively and passionate teacher of Primary languages who made the switch from secondary teaching in 2014 after a decade of teaching MFL at secondary level. She believes in sharing good practice and ideas to reduce teacher workload: Hannah founded and co-runs the popular Bristol Primary ALL Languages Hub and shares resources and ideas on TES and LIPS, the Languages in Primary Schools facebook page.

Helen Aberdeen

Helen Aberdeen has worked for the last nine years as MFL coordinator on the University of Bristol PGCE course. She previously worked for 22 years teaching French, German and a small amount of Spanish in a range of state and independent schools in the Bristol area as languages teacher, Head of Languages and Head of Year. In her last post a large part of her timetable consisted of Key Stage 5 classes who always took a literature option at A2 partly because she loved teaching literature and partly because of a belief that a languages education to A level should mean that students have read at least one whole work in the target language! In her capacity as an AQA A level speaking examiner, Helen has examined a large number of pupils who have prepared literary topics on a range of authors and works. She has also had the experience of self-studying two literary works in preparation for a languages A level in 2009; a challenging experience which gave additional insights into learner experience! She has always been interested in combining the use of literary texts with a drama-based approach at Key Stage 3 and 4.

Oliver Walsh

Oliver Walsh, who is slightly interested / obsessed with Pedro Almodóvar and Federico García Lorca, has been teaching in South Wales for three years. He has seen an improvement in AS Spanish uptake year on year during this period of time. Oliver’s background in theatre and television has led to a keen interest in the teaching of literature at KS5 and his interest in history has helped with teaching societal contexts, specifically the La Guerra Civil Española. He has been a member of the ALL committee for nearly two years.



Booking and payment must be made through this website. You will be able to express workshop preferences when buying your ticket on this site, but your allocated workshops will be confirmed on arrival at the venue.

Tickets available here


Non-Member – £30

ALL Group Member – £25

ALL Individual Member – £20

Trainee Teacher – £15


Contact: allwestofengland@gmail.com with any queries about this event.

Please be aware that the ALL West of England committee is made up entirely of volunteers from the MFL world, and that we do not have an office or phone number.


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Orchard School, Bristol
Filton Road
Bristol, , BS7 0XZ United Kingdom
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