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Mathematics and Science Learning Centre

French and Spanish key stage 3 and 4 teacher subject specialism courses

TSST in secondary MFL helps to build capacity in schools to deliver the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). In addition to non-specialists and returning teachers, the programme is available to specialist language teachers not currently teaching but who need a refresher training to enable a move back to MFL, or who may be able to teach a second language. 

Why choose our subject specialism course?

Face-to-face delivery will take place at Ringwood School, Hampshire. The focus will be on subject knowledge, evidence-based pedagogies and effective learning. There will be opportunities to practice techniques in the classroom and to network and learn from other practising teachers.

Course content


Please email the Centre to book your place at with 'MFL TSST ' as your title, indicating whether you are interested in French, Spanish or both subjects.

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Free to state-funded schools and colleges. Funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Cost for 5 day programme £495 (independent schools)

French Teacher
Louisa Hoff

Tutor profile:

Louisa teaches MFL at Ringwood School, which she joined 5 years ago. She has a BSc in French and Psychology from Aston University and qualified with a PGCE from University of Southampton in 2002-2003.  She has taught French and Psychology (both up to A-level) since 2003 and has been the Head of Languages since 2007. Previously, she taught for 5 years at St Anne's Catholic School in Southampton.  Louisa has been a PGCE and NQT mentor as well as working on coaching.  She speaks English, Danish and French.

Spanish tutor
Guadalupe Ibañez-Velez

Tutor Profile:

Guadalupe is a graduate in English from Granada University, Spain who speaks English and Spanish.  She gained a PGCE at Portsmouth University in 2004-2005 and has been teaching Spanish since 2005 at Miltoncross School in Portsmouth, moving to Ringwood School in 2007.  She now teaches A-level Spanish up to A-level and has been Head of Spanish since 2011.  Lupe has also mentored NQTs.


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