This event took place on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

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About the webinar

Education Exchange: Encouraging uptake of languages at GCSE. This free webinar will be held on 26 April 2022 at 18:00

Why do I need to learn a language anyway? How can we encourage uptake of Modern Languages in schools at GCSE?

In partnership with ASCL, leading voices and educators from the MFL world, will share examples of their innovative practice to encourage year 9's to choose languages as an option.

Inspire your secondary pupils to continue studying languages, or to choose languages as an option, with our eight short videos and accompanying pupil booklet

About the panel

This is a panel event, with speakers from around the UK, followed by questions from the audience.

Silvia Bastow
Silvia is an experienced Subject Leader and teacher of German at Ercall Wood Academy in Shropshire with over 17 years of teaching experience in secondary education, SLE, research lead, GCSE examiner, Fellow of Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT), ITT mentor and a proud member of the ALL council. She is an author and presenter who has worked with several language organisations, such as LinguascopeALL, Language World, Language Show, Seneca and researchEd.

Silvia writes a successful educational blog and is very passionate about SLA, evidence-informed practice to ensure high-impact teaching and learning.

Suzanne O'Farrell
Suzanne is an MFL consultant with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). You can follow her on Twitter here. 

Lucy Dreznin
Lucy is head of German at Arden Academy in the West Midlands. Now in her fourth year of teaching, she works to promote a pedagogy that combines her love for languages and the arts to help teachers bring out their creative side in the MFL classroom.

Drawing from her previous career as a children's theatre director and arts marketing assistant, Lucy is eager to use authentic materials and ICT in the classroom to help teachers bring their experience to their planning, and to inspire and motivate pupils in their language learning journey. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Chris Lillington
Chris is an assistant headteacher at Prince Henry's Grammar School, a large 11-18 comprehensive school and former specialist Language College in Otley, West Yorkshire. As well as teaching Spanish for the past 27 years, Chris also leads the school's equality, diversity and global citizenship education programmes  Chris has developed and supported over a dozen curriculum-based projects and exchanges with partner schools from around the world. He is also a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for MFL, and co-author of Pearson's ¡Viva! series for Key Stage 3 and GCSE Spanish.

Vicky Gough
Vicky is lead for MFL in the UK for the British Council. She has worked on a range of international opportunity and language programmes for schools as well as commissioning research into the teaching and learning of languages.