TSST (Teacher Subject Specialism Training)

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) in MFL

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Free training based at St Bonaventure’s School during the 2018-19 academic year

The Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance (ADTSA) is keen to involve schools in our TSST programme and work with them to enhance the subject knowledge of teachers. This programme is designed to address the national shortage of MFL teachers by upskilling existing MFL teachers in a subject that they are not currently teaching (French, German or Spanish) or to upskill teachers who have language skills (native speakers, A Levels, degree, other relevant experience) but are not currently teaching MFL. Any primary school teachers who participate should have the intention of moving to secondary as the aim of TSST is to widen access and provision at secondary level.

This programme adopts a blended learning approach whereby delegates will receive pedagogical input during their ‘in school’ sessions, observations and coaching in their home school and linguistic upskilling.

Programme 2018/19 – 21 hours

Dates: 6th November, 3rd December, 15th January, 26th February, 19th March and 19th June


  • Susan Prichard (Specialist Leader of Education, Lead Practitioner)
  • Angela Hillan (Specialist Leader of Education)
  • Further input provided from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Training will be held at St Bonaventure’s School (E7 9QD).

We have designed a package to pay schools to support the CPD of their staff; our core training involves six, half day sessions.  We have put together the following package in terms of financial support to schools for covering lessons to attend the programme:

Incentive Frequency Total
In school (home school) observation to support subject knowledge for teaching 1 per term over 3 terms £300
In school coaching to support planning of lesson and delivery of enhanced subject knowledge knowledge 2 per half term over 4 half terms £480
To be paid on completion of programme TOTAL £780

If you would like more information or to register an interest in this programme please contact agnusdei@stbons.org.  Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teacher-subject-specialism-training-courses

If you are ready to apply, please complete the form here: http://www.stbons.org/register-for-training/ and put TSST as the Training Session. We will need your Date of Birth and your Teacher Reference Number (TRN) or or Return To Teaching (RTT) number.

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