In 2011-2012 the International Learning and Research Centre has 30 programmes in its portfolio. These include:
- Languages: The Centre is engaged in extensive schools and community-based research programmes to develop innovative practice in the learning of language and languages.
- The Languages Bridge© - an on-line community of practice, established following the national dissemination of the three year research project, has been awarded the European Award for Languages 2009. The Languages Bridge© teaches language learning skills through a multilingual approach with examples from eleven languages, including Mandarin. The Languages Bridge© Professional Development Opportunity
- Consultancy for schools and colleges for the development of Quality Assurance systems and collaborative structures for secondary provision
- Leadership: The Centre supports partner organisations in the development of leadership capacity, encourages student leadership through working with students as co-researchers and provides leadership training and development for national and international partners.
- Anglo-French Strategic Partnership (2007-2013) The International Learning and Research Centre is leading, managing and supporting Anglo-French Strategic Partnerships which involve forty primary schools in co-operation with the Académie Orléans-Tours. 40 schools from Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire Local Authorities are participating in the programme. The teachers make reciprocal visits in order to develop activities and ideas which will have a long lasting impact on pupils' motivation for language learning and the development of intercultural understanding.
- ELOS (2010-2014) European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme. ELOS is a 17 country network for secondary schools, it is currently focussed on developing a Quality Review process for ELOS schools. The project, for which the International Learning and Research Centre is the UK co-ordinator, is managed overall in the Netherlands. Further information www.eloseducation.info
- Story Making© Following a research phase and pilot programmes, the International Learning and Research Centre offers consultancy in Story Making© in first and second language (French). Significant gains in student attainment have been recorded in both Literacy and Languages as a result of the Story Making© programmes. Story Making Professional Development Opportunity Story Making in French FAQs
- Number, Narrative, Language and Problem Solving (2012). A reaearch and enquiry project for Bath and North East Somerset Schools, it is exploring the potential of narrative to provide the context for the teaching and learning of problem solving.
- Leonardo: MULTEMO (2010-2012) is a multilateral Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project. Based on the methodology developed through the Languages Bridge, it aims to develop a multilingual toolkit for VET professionals in VET institutions. It will teach key, generic language skills and structures needed to learn any new language in a foreign working environment. For more information go to www.multemo.org.uk
We have benefited from the seminars with a direct raising of achievement especially through Story Making in KS3.
Our Year 7s are very lucky to have the Languages Bridge to open their eyes to the excitement of languages.
Excellent resources and a fantastic approach to teaching languages!
The children are so enthusiastic about the partnership and really see the French children as their new friends. They want to share so much of their lives: interests, hobbies and jokes. They are concentrating much more on how the language works so that they can put together their own phrases.
Fantastic! We now have a valuable resource that we can continue to use across the whole school.
I have loved the Story Making Project and I am stunned at the impact it has had on our children’s learning.
The project will set free the potential for effective language learning that has not yet been utilised.
The project will help the students cope with their fear of speaking another language.