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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?

Join Ringwood School’s subject experts to support teachers in their delivery of languages in secondary education. The focus will be on subject knowledge, evidence-based pedagogies and how to use effective learning resources. There will be opportunities to practise techniques and resources, gain feedback on these and to network and learn from other practising teachers.

Course content


French: 18th and 19th January, 2021

Spanish: 25th and 26th January, 2021


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


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French Tutor
Sandrine Dibden

French Tutor:

Sandrine Dibden joined the MFL team at Ringwood School in 2013 after completing her PGCE course as a School Direct trainee the year before. She has been instrumental in teaching French at KS3 and assisting the department at KS4 and KS5, helping the French students optimize their potential for French GCSEs and A Levels.  She helps co-ordinate the link with the feeder primary schools with regards to French provision, ensuring an efficient transition from primary to secondary school.


Spanish Tutor
Gemma Parker

Spanish Tutor:

Gemma Parker graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish and completed her PGCE in MFL the year after.  She has been teaching at Ringwood School since 2015 and has taught and led at KS3 and KS4 French and Spanish and KS5 Spanish, with excellent outcomes. Gemma is also the Schools Direct Support Co-ordinator and NQT Manager for the Teaching School Alliance.

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