Bordesley Green Girls' School

Classroom CLIL

Session details

In this session (part of our CLIL strand at the conference), experienced classroom practitioners will share details of how Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form is partially teaching a number of subjects at Key Stage 3 in French. There will be a chance to see Geography, Science and Business Studies lessons in action

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About the Presenters

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Name: Judith Woodfield,

Job title/role: Headteacher

Judith Woodfield Head Teacher of BGGS has been teaching using this method since 2001.She has taken this method and introduced it now at three schools. She won the Franco British Council Award in 2004 and Mary Glasgow Prize in 2006 based on work with Ana Neofitou at Tile Hill Wood School in Coventry .CLIL is a an internationally recognised method of accelerated learning with transferrable skills which impact positively on all other subjects. This technique is one of the cornerstones of BGGS's Visual learning strategy for whole school improvement. The technique has been shown to raise results not only in MFL but across all subjects at both Tile Hill wood School and at Chenderit School which was featured in an OFSTED MFL best practice report in 2013. At BGGS Year 10 students who have followed this method  made significant gains in their learning throughout key stage 3 and this is also translating to improved progress at Key Stage 4.

BGGS also runs the East Birmingham Languages hub for primary and secondary CLIL. We deliver CPD sessions to look at methods used in primary and secondary school. We also welcome other teachers to contribute and share their ideas for great teaching. We have a very keen group of teachers who want to use CLIL or who are already using it , who regularly attend. We like to think of our hub meetings as “shopping bag “ meetings where you can bring ideas and also take many away .

Judith has been working Aston University  and  Birmingham City Council  to develop Learning through Languages UK ; a national centre for CLIL. . She also is on the steering group of the newly formed  CLIL Centre of Excellence in London .

Name:  Frédérique Robert

Job title/role: MFL Teacher


Frédérique teaches French up to A level and Business in French in Key stage 3 . She trained at BGGS and then returned to take up a full time position here in September . She has been writing the new course for Year 7 Business Studies in French . She will be moving this up into Year 8 next year as we extend the number of CLIL hours within the Year 8 curriculum .

Name:  Dulce Allen

Job title/role: Assistant Head Teacher: Teaching & Learning and Science

Dulce Allen has 16 years' experience as a science teacher in Birmingham schools and has been a curriculum leader for 10 years. She developed the CLIL scheme for Science here and has has been teaching Science in French to Year 7 classes a BGGS since 2014. The BGGS Science team won the TES Science and Technology Team of the Year award in June 2016, partly as a recognition of the impact that CLIL teaching has on the students achievements here in Science.