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Trust chosen as Oak's new MFL Partner

The Cam Academy Trust has been chosen as one of Oak National Academy’s new partners to create new online resources for Teaching and Learning.

The Trust will work with Oak, created in 2020 to provide online educational resources in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, to update and refresh the primary and secondary Modern Foreign Languages resources now that pupils are mainly back in classrooms.

The Trust is one of 14 new partners announced today in the second phase of Oak’s new curriculum plans, with core subjects already under redevelopment.

Under the leadership of the Trust’s Director of Languages and International Education Rachel Hawkes, CAT will be responsible for developing Oak’s new primary Spanish and French curricula and the new secondary curricula in Spanish, French and German.

CAT has international education and languages at the heart of its ethos across its 11 schools, which teach pupils aged 3-18.

One of the six principles that underpins the Trust’s work is ‘The International Principle’ which states: All our schools should have a clear international emphasis in their educational provision both within and beyond the formal curriculum.  A strong international aspect to all young people's education is seen as crucial both in its own right as a proper part of any meaningful education and because it is crucial for the positive functioning of all societies. 

This clearly means a firm commitment to the quality teaching and learning of foreign languages in all our schools.  However, it means more than that in terms of international themes running through the curriculum in our schools and rich extra-curricular international opportunities including trips and exchanges.  

Dr Hawkes said: “Our languages curriculum is built on a firm foundation – it is research led, practice informed and content rich, and reflects our trust commitment to make languages accessible, real and inspiring for all students. 

“We are delighted to be partnering with Oak on this new venture which builds on the ambition of a unique partnership between research and practice, and the tangible success and enthusiasm of our learners.”

In this venture, The Cam Academy Trust is supported by Twyford Church of England Academies Trust, Oak’s curriculum partner for secondary English, the home of Teach West London teaching school hub, and NCLE Language Hub.

As well as MFL, today’s announcement sees Oak working to create thousands of curriculum and teaching resources in seven other subjects – art & design, citizenship, computing, D&T, RE, PE and RHSE.

Oak, an independent public body that works in partnership with educators, business, commercial publishers, school trusts and educational charities, is now a recognised national resource, supporting millions of teachers and pupils and The Cam Academy Trust is proud to have been chosen as one of its partners.

Matt Hood, Oak’s Chief Executive, said: ““I am delighted to announce a second group of curriculum partners to work with Oak to share anddevelop resources for the rest of the national curriculum. Once again every part of the educationsector is part of this collaboration, meaning teachers will have access to some of the best curriculumthinking and resource design available.

“Resources in our first six subjects are being developed and rolled out each month and feedback from teachers suggests they are both respected and popular.

“Oak is, at its heart, a collaboration of teachers and experts sharing their knowledge to help their peers. This powerful partnership announced today ensures Oak will continue to provide schools andteachers with high-quality resources into the future.”

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