The initiative is being funded with £14.9m from the Department for Education over three years, from 2023 to 2026.
The support offered by the Centre of Excellent will focus on improving standards of teaching in line with the methods outlined in the 2016 Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review led by school leader Ian Bauckham (Teaching Schools Council, 2016).
The DfE’s aim is to build on the previous Modern Foreign Languages Hubs programme, which was made up of nine lead schools. The DfE wants to boost the number of pupils taking languages like French, German and Spanish at GCSE and A level.
The DfE is now accepting bids from schools and organisations interested in running the Centre for Excellence and overseeing the new Language Hubs programme, with the deadline for bids in early December and the contract due to run from March 2023 to March 2026.
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