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ALL Yorkshire’s Winter Series

23rd November 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8th February 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Getting to Grips with the New GCSEs
Preparing for the Changes at KS3 now
All sessions: 5.30 – 7.00 pm


All sessions: 5.30pm – 7.00 pm (For Face-to-Face sessions, tea/coffee and informal chat from 5pm) ALL Yorkshire’s Winter Series

Blended: some session face-to-face at King Edward VII School and some online via zoom

The DfE has announced that from 2026 GCSE exams in French, German, and Spanish will change significantly. Our current Y8 students and those below will be affected. The exam boards are now working on the new specifications, but we already know some details about the new assessments, which should allow us to start preparing our students and making appropriate changes to our schemes of work and the way we teach now at KS3

The most significant changes include:

  • The subject content will mostly focus on vocabulary, grammar and phonics (rather than themes and topics as currently)
  • The new assessment will involve a reading-aloud task to test students’ sound-symbol correspondences.
  • There will also be dictation exercises, further testing students’ knowledge of phonics
  • Comprehension-oriented questions and rubrics will be written or asked in English

Following your positive feedback from last year, we will repeat the format we introduced to our annual Winter Series, i.e., the blended approach with some sessions taking place face-to-face at King Edward VII School, whereas others will be offered on zoom.

This allows us to enjoy each other’s company in the face-to-face sessions where we can engage in what so many of you have come to value: sharing best practice, exploring new ideas, engaging with each other in informal chats as well as discussing strategies and resources for language teaching.

Offering sessions on zoom allows us to invite speakers further afield for whom it would be impractical to travel to us and at the same time offering part of our programme to teachers from all over the country, not just those who live in and around Sheffield.

All sessions will start at 5.30pm, and for those which take place at King Edward VII School there is also an opportunity for colleagues to meet up beforehand for an informal chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

Sessions at King Edward VII School

Session 1. Wednesday 23rd November – Setting the Scene – Juliet Park

Session 2. Tuesday 29th November – Phonics: The First Pillar – Wendy Adeniji

Session 3. Tuesday 6th December – On Target for unprepared Speaking – Dr Rachel Hawkes

Session 5. Wednesday 18th January – Teaching Vocabulary Effectively – Elaine Gelder

Session 7. Wednesday 1st February – Teaching Grammar Inductively – James Stubbs

Sessions via Zoom

Session 4. Tuesday 10th January – Supporting lower prior attainers/SEND – Silvia Bastow

Session 6. Thursday 26th January – GCSE Reform: The draft specification – Judith Rowland Jones, AQA

Session 8. Wednesday 8th February – See and say, hear and write – Jennifer Wozniak-Rush

Details of session content can be found here: ALL Winter Series 2022-23

Cost of the Series

All 8 sessions

You can either attend on your own or bring your whole Department for one competitive fee:

  • Individuals: For the whole series, i.e., all 9 events: £ 95 (ALL individual members) / £ 150 (non-members)
  • Groups / Departments (irrespective of number of participants): For the whole series, i.e., all 9 events: £145 (ALL group members) / £250 (non-members)

Associate Members (= PGCE students): all 8 events (no matter how many you attend): £ 10

To take advantage of the reduced fee for ALL members, please take out membership prior to booking: www.all-languages.org.uk

ZOOM sessions only

We want to enable those living too far away from joining the face-to-events to join in! Please come along and meet us online!

  • ALL members: £ 20
  • Non-members: £ 35

Fees applies for all 4 zoom events (irrespective of how many you actually do join):

HOW TO BOOK: Book your space via eventbrite by Friday, 11th November 2022

After you have booked through eventbrite, please follow the payment instruction here Payment Instructions


23rd November @ 5:00 pm
8th February 2023 @ 7:00 pm


National Modern Languages SCITT
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King Edward VII – Upper School
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Broomhall, S10 2PW GB
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