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University of Winchester wins grant to aid teaching of languages in Hampshire schools The University of Winchester has been given a six-figure grant to develop a modern foreign language project with primary schools across Hampshire. The University of Winchester has been awarded £202,000, from part of a larger £1.8m fund provided by the Department for Education, for use on a training project for teachers at 216 primary schools across Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton. The project has been set up in conjunction with Hampshire County Council and Hiltingbury Junior School in Chandler’s Ford, which has a good record in teaching languages at primary school level. The project is being coordinated by Louise Pagden and Marnie Seymour, senior lecturers in teacher development at the University of Winchester. “We’re really excited to be part of this important initiative,” said Louise. “Learning a language at primary school engenders a love of languages and an appreciation of intercultural understanding which is so important in this global age. “Young children have an opportunity to make significant progress across a range of language skills at primary school and ensuring that teachers are effectively equipped is key to the success of this initiative. The University relishes the opportunity to continue to support teachers in their professional development in this area and we look forward to working with local schools in the near future.” As part of a government drive to improve the take up of foreign languages, schools across England are now teaching a new, more challenging curriculum, including a requirement for languages to be compulsory for all children aged between seven and 11 years old. The English Baccalaureate (EBacc), introduced by the government in 2010, has already helped reverse the decline in the numbers taking GCSEs in foreign languages – seven per cent of GCSE entries this year were in languages, and the number of young people taking language GCSEs this year was higher than in 2008. The University of Winchester’s project focuses on supporting teachers with elements of the new curriculum that may be more challenging, including the use of more spontaneous speaking and complex writing and grammar. To ensure the support and training being offered is relevant, programmes were only considered for funding if they could show they were led by teachers with collaboration between primary and secondary schools wherever possible. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “By learning a foreign language, young people can go on to study and work abroad, but it’s not just that. Knowledge of different languages and cultures is increasingly important to employers in the UK too. That’s why the ability to speak and understand different languages is vital if young people are going to leave school able to get a job and get on in life. “We know that teachers are integral to this language revival so we are backing these schemes – led by teachers, for teachers – so they have the support they need to prepare our young people for life in modern Britain.” The new curriculum establishes foreign languages as a compulsory part of the primary curriculum for the first time and gives schools the freedom to teach any modern or ancient language they choose. .
University wins top award for its commitment to gender equality The University of Winchester has been named as one of only five higher education institutions to have been awarded the new Gender Equality Charter Mark bronze award across each of its departments. Staff at the University pulled together data and drew up an action plan for the trial accreditation scheme, run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) – a London-based organisation that promotes equality and diversity in universities and colleges in the UK. 17 other institutions were awarded the accreditation for individual departments. “We are delighted that the University of Winchester is one of the first recipients of the Gender Equality Unit’s bronze charter mark – the highest award for this pilot scheme,” said Malcolm Willis, the University’s Director of Human Resources. “It is a testament to the University’s commitment to addressing obstacles to women’s career progression. “We already implement steps, including undertaking equality assessments for all new and significantly revised policies and procedures; responding positively to requests for flexible working wherever practical; offering fee waivers for staff to study further qualifications; and participating in the Aurora project to develop women’s leadership skills.” Based on the principles of ECU’s highly successful Athena SWAN Charter for women in science, the gender equality charter mark aims to address chronic gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Bronze level is the first step in the process, showing a strong commitment to specific actions and building a culture that improves the representation, progression and success of both staff and students. While the charter has a particular focus on the underrepresentation of women in senior roles, it also encourages progress on the underrepresentation of men in subjects such as teaching and social work and seeks to address the unfair treatment often experienced by trans people. The University of Winchester will now start to implement its action plan, as identified during the accreditation process, to address gender imbalance in the university. David Ruebain, ECU's Chief Executive, said: “The results offer an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and achievements of everyone involved in the charter mark trial, and to focus on the positive progress being made to address chronic gender inequalities in HE. “Following the success of this trial round, we are delighted that we will now be able to fully develop a charter mark that supports equality in the arts, humanities and social sciences – disciplines that have not until this point received the same attention as science subjects. “We hope that the gender equality charter mark will have the same positive effect for these subjects as Athena SWAN has had on women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. “I commend the work of all the participants so far, and look forward to seeing the impact of their actions as they move up to silver and gold levels in the future.” An event to celebrate the progress participants have made in the trial takes place in December 2014. ECU is currently finalising the format of the future charter based on feedback from trial participants, with a view to aligning it more closely with the Athena SWAN charter. All institutions and arts, humanities and social science departments will be able to take part in the charter mark in 2015.
University of Winchester Academy Trust to provide primary school education at Barton Farm, Winchester The Department of Education has supported the application by the University of Winchester to establish a new primary academy at Barton Farm in Winchester. The University of Winchester has been granted ministerial approval to form the University of Winchester Academy Trust and begin developing plans with Hampshire County Council and local residents to establish a values-driven primary school. “I am delighted that the University has the opportunity to sponsor the new academy at Barton Farm,” commented Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester. “Our ambition is to create an academy which will be both a cornerstone of the local community and a recognised beacon of excellence in education.” The school will serve the Barton Farm development and, in consultation with Hampshire County Council, may admit children from existing local neighbourhoods. The school, which will be free to attend, will have an explicit focus on delivering an outstanding values-driven education at the heart of the community that welcomes diversity and fosters high aspirations and achievement for all pupils, regardless of religious affiliation, dis/ability or social background. “By creating this dynamic learning environment, where children have access to an inspirational curriculum and cutting edge facilities, the new school will nurture a lifelong love of learning so that all children realise their potential,” added Professor Carter. “It is our firm belief that these children will progress into secondary education and beyond with a strong sense of self and the confidence to engage with the wider world. “We look forward to working in partnership with local residents in the coming years to bring our distinctive values-driven educational ethos to primary education in Winchester.” Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford, who will serve as a Trustee on the University of Winchester Academy Trust said: “This is very good news. Now it’s going ahead, I think we’re all about making the best of Barton Farm and a brand new school, run by such a trusted provider, is a key part of that. We already have so many outstanding schools in Winchester and I know this will be a strong addition to the family with a very clear set of values everyone can support.” The University of Winchester Academy Trust is due to open the new Barton Farm school in September 2016. The University of Winchester is a values-driven institution, with its plans and actions founded in the following ideals: intellectual freedom, social justice, diversity, spirituality, individuals matter and creativity. The University is recognised by Ofsted in their most recent audit as a provider of Outstanding Initial Teacher Training in England (2010). The University of Winchester has been a co-sponsor of the Bishop of Winchester Academy since 2011.