Lead practitioner Anna Pethybridge discusses her school’s work to drive up progress in MFL, including a focus on teaching and learning and effective staff deployment

When I joined Biddick Academy as a lead practitioner for modern foreign languages (MFL) in 2014, I initially found it difficult to envisage my role within the department.

My interview with the headteacher and head of department provided me with a good insight into how important they saw the development of teaching and learning in MFL and across the school, but as the first lead practitioner, I think it is fair to say that I was entering into somewhat uncharted territory.

Thankfully, the senior leadership team and the head of department were incredibly supportive and allowed me free rein to identify issues within the department and begin to work towards solutions.

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