The Future of Modern Foreign Languages in Education Conference


Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in Modern Foreign Languages.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

Jane Harvey, President, Association for Languages Learning (ALL) (CONFIRMED)


The Employability Of Modern Foreign Languages Graduates
  • The prospects for employment of modern foreign languages graduates: figures from the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey
  • The average annual salary for modern foreign languages graduates
  • Job roles and careers entered into by modern foreign languages graduates
  • Putting employability high on the agenda by equipping students with the necessary knowledge, transferable skills and confidence to succeed in their chosen fields

Professor Stephen Forcer, Head of the Department of Modern Languages,  University of Birmingham, (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: The Next Steps In Improving The Uptake And Quality Of Modern Foreign Languages Across Schools And Universities
  • The impact of compulsory language teaching in primary schools at KS2 since 2014 and its impact on the uptake of MFL
  • Outlining the DfE’s strategy to encourage the development of MDL and improve uptake at Key Stages 4 and 5
  • Changes in the national curriculum for GCSEs, and A-Level Syllabic and how they have affected Modern Foreign Languages results
  • Addressing the acute shortage of teachers of modern languages by recruiting teachers from overseas

Helena Wright, MFL Policy Lead, Curriculum Policy Division, Department for Education (DfE) (CONFIRMED)


Increasing The Number Of Pupils Studying MFL In Wales Using A Student Mentoring Project
  • Language mission and ethos
  • Working in collaboration between four universities and local secondary schools across to increase take-up and attainment in Modern Foreign Languages
  • Recruiting Modern Foreign Languages undergraduates, training them as student mentors and partnering them with pupils in local schools
  • Undertaking weekly mentoring sessions between student mentors and pupil mentees using both face-to-face mentoring and e-mentoring
  • Creating sustainable links between HE Modern Foreign Languages departments and secondary schools whilst offering employability experiences and opportunities to Modern Foreign Languages undergraduates

Lucy Jenkins, National Coordinator, MFL Student Mentoring Project (CONFIRMED)

Professor Claire Gorrara, Professor of French Studies, Cardiff University (CONFIRMED)

Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Recruiting More Modern Foreign Languages Teachers To Meet The Shortfall
  • Meeting the government’s extra demand for modern foreign languages teachers for the Ebacc
  • Teacher subject specialism courses to build additional capacity by improving the subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers and returning teachers
  • Recruiting teachers from overseas: assessment and quality assurance of teachers and trainees
  • The ‘Now Teach’ scheme to encourage experienced professionals to put their skills to use in the Modern Foreign Languages classroom

Gaynor Jones, Director of Teaching School/SCITT, Sheffield TSA/The National Modern Languages SCITT (CONFIRMED)



Developing A Passion For Language Learning In Key Stage 2 Which Will Be Maintained At Key Stage 3, 4, 5 And Beyond
  • Using a wide range of learning tools to maintain interest and stimulate learning
  • Working towards sustained enjoyment and motivation of language learning both in school and in the wider community
  • The relationship between time allocation for languages and schools’ overall educational attainment
  • Overcoming challenges for primary schools in meeting the National Curriculum requirement: finding sufficient time; boosting staff expertise and confidence and funding and resources

Jackie Rayment, Languages Advisor, Herts for Learning (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking
GCSE Modern Foreign Languages Assessment – Success for GCSE
  • An overview of the 2018 AQA MFL GCSE examinations
  • Key messages for student success across the skills for 2019 onwards
  • An outline of the latest resources and support available from AQA

Judith Rowland Jones, Head of Curriculum: Languages, AQA (CONFIRMED)


The Impact of Brexit On The Future Of Modern Foreign Languages
  • The importance of young people learning languages for the UK to remain globally competitive in the wake of Brexit
  • Language Trends report; what concerns to schools have about the impact of Brexit on language teaching?
  • The ‘Languages for the Future’ report: identifying the languages which will be of crucial importance to the UK’s future prosperity, security and influence in the world

Vicky Gough, Schools Advisor, British Council (CONFIRMED)


Using Technology To As A Tool To Make Language Classrooms For The Web Generation More Engaging And Accessible
  • Using technology to respond to the learning needs and requirements of Modern Foreign Languages pupils
  • Redesigning teaching strategies to utilise technology within the curriculum to deliver on targeted aims
  • How technology can help teachers and learners work in collaboration within the classroom, the school and beyond
  • Integrating apps and online resources to promote pupil engagement and develop out of school learning

Helen Myers, Assistant Head, The Ashford School, Dorking (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking

Case Study: Delivering A Bilingual Education Curriculum Within A Pre-School And Primary School Setting

  • Benefits of bilingual education– much more than just improving language skills. Fluency in another language alongside academic achievement
  • Advantages of immersion education for both minority and majority language students
  • AZBUKA foundation as one of England’s first educational settings delivering a full bilingual education curriculum, and the first to include Russian and English.
  • School philosophy, curriculum, planning, assessment, progress and attainments. Achieving GOOD inspection report
  • Adopting and developing world’s best practice of bilingual education for the benefits of children, families and wider community

Maria Gavrilova, Founder, Head Teacher, AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School (CONFIRMED)

Making Modern Foreign Languages More Inclusive
  • Raising awareness of Specific Learning Difficulties in Modern Foreign Language settings
  • Ways of identifying learners with Specific Learning Difficulties in the Modern Foreign Language Classroom
  • Support approaches for including learners with Specific Learning Difficulties in Modern Foreign Language settings
  • Training for Modern Foreign Language teachers in the area of SEN

Dr Maria Reraki, Programme Leader in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia, University of Birmingham (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in Modern Foreign Languages.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Sponsorship and Exhibition

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Modern Foreign Languages Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email [email protected] 


Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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