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Policy seminar: 25 years of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training - British Council Bilingual Education Programme.  Empowering transformational change.   
26 February 2021.  11:00 - 13:00 (CET)

D. Alejandro Tiana Ferrer, Secretary of State for Education and Mark Howard, Director of the British Council in Spain will reflect and debate on the past, present and future impact the MEFP-British Council Bilingual Programme in Spain and its role in changing the landscape of bilingual education in Spain.   This will be followed by two plenary sessions focused on the transformational power of education:

  1. Lucy Crehan, International Education Consultant, will examine and share the policies and strategies which high-performing and equitable education systems implement to support successful educational outcomes. 
  2. Professor Zahir Irani, University of Bradford, will also discuss how educational institutions can successfully engage in the economic regeneration and development of their local communities focusing on the case study of University of Bradford

How can we continue to ensure that our teaching methodologies deliver quality learning outcomes for all of our students in our bilingual and plurilingual programmes?

As part of our policy event on Quality Assurance on 26 February we are running a series of six training webinars for teachers at each stage of Education (Early Years, Primary and Secondary) .   The webinars will share the models and tools that are being developed in our working groups and through examples, we will outline the work that is being done to reinforce a consistent approach to English which places learners at the centre of the curriculum and literacy at the heart of the programme.
You can register for the webinars below. Even if you are unable to attend by registering you will receive a recording of the training session. 

10 March. 18:30 - 19:30 (CET) Helping students process and understand texts: insights from reading test developers  Register here.
24 March 18:30 - 19:30 (CET)  Developing litereacy by putting literature at the heart of planning in Secondary Register here

You can catch up with our Early Years and Primary webinars below.

An integrated approach in Early Years through topic webs.  (Speakers: Catherine Stewart, Tracey Chapelton)

Creating motivating learning opportunities from topic webs. (Speakers: Tracey Chapelton, Catherine Stewart)

Literacy in bilingual Primary Schools: an effective text based approach. (Speakers: Richard Stenhouse, Louise Van Laar)

A practical tool for Literacy in the bilingual Primary classroom. (Speakers: Louise Van Laar, Richard Stenhouse).


We look forward to involving as many educators as we can in these vital conversations around  how we can best ensure success for all our learners in plurilingual education. 
Mark Levy, British Council


Expert panel 1: Rethinking Assessment in Plurilingual Education (20.10.2020, 18:00)

Our first expert panel will look at the role, needs, challenges and opportunities of assessment in plurilingual education

Watch the recording of our assessment panel.

  • Barry O' Sullivan, Ana Linares, Lucy Crehan.
  • Chair: Dr Victoria Clark, Global Assessments, British Council.


Expert panel 2: Rethinking Inclusion in Plurilingual Education (03.11.20, 18:00)

The second in our series of expert panels will discuss solutions for promoting inclusive approaches to delivering bilingual and plurilingual education projects.
Watch the recording of our inclusion panel:

  • Prof. Tony Booth, Director, Index for Inclusion
  • Dr. Maria Luisa Perez Cañada, Universidad de Jaen.
  • Mariano Fernández Enguita, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Sonja Uhlmann, EDI Lead, British Council Spain
  • Chair: Mark Levy, Head English Programmes, British Council Spain.


Expert panel 3: Rethinking Quality Assurance in Plurilingual Education (17.11.2020, 18:00)

Our third and final panel in the lead up to our conference examines how school based quality improvement tools and strategies and initiatives can and do make a difference to better learning outcomes for students. 

Our Quality Assurance panel:

  • Dr. Catrin Redknap, Principal Research Officer (Welsh Language) Knowledge and Analytical Services, Welsh Government
  • Sara  Pampin Garcia, Head, Instituto Ferrari de Valladolid.(Secondary School in Bilingual Education Programme)
  • Mercedes Hernández Estrada, Head, British Council School  
  • Chair: Mark Levy, Head English Programmes, British Council Spain

Watch the recording of our panel here