Click here for our official press release about the British Council – Ministry of Education, Culture & Sports agreement for the Bilingual Schools Project in Spain.
Bilingual education can give young people a huge boost, preparing them for a future where they’ll work, study and live in an increasingly multilingual and integrated Europe. The Bilingual Schools project has been running in Spain since 1995 and has introduced a bilingual, bi-cultural curriculum in 80 infant and primary schools and 44 secondary schools.
How it works
The idea is simple:
- students are taught in both Spanish and English for roughly the same number of hours each week
- the curriculum includes subject areas from both the Spanish and the English National Curriculum
- the English language lessons are taught by UK teachers alongside a growing number (now over 1300) of Spanish teachers of English
How it helps
With the project now well-established, we’ve now seen the impact of the project on tens of thousands of children at all ages. A recent evaluation report has noted the following successes:
- interest and motivation on the part of the children
- the enthusiasm of the parents
- a growing sense of satisfaction from head teachers in schools, many of which are in economically deprived areas
- learning in two languages not only contributes to the progress of the children in their first language, but seems to assist in the children's cognitive development.
Teach with Bilingual Schools
- be EU nationals or have a valid Spanish residence permit and
- possess a native or near-native command of both spoken and written English and
- have classroom experience with children aged between 3-12 or 12-16 years. and
- have achieved recognised European primary QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) or
- for Secondary level, have a first degree in the relevant subject as well as recognised European secondary school QTS
For further information contact:
Pilar Medrano, Project Manager & Educational Adviser
Instituto de Formación del Profesorado, Investigación e Innovación Educativa Ministerio de Educación
General Oráa, 55
Bilingual Schools project website. A closed forum for Bilingual Project teachers to share information and materials, and to set up joint projects between Spanish and British schools.