Joanna Cairns Modern Foreign Languages Secondary

Name Joanna Cairns
SLE designation
(Date of designation & Teaching School)
Modern Foreign Languages SLE
July 2017
Archbishop Temple School /Preston Teaching School Alliance
Current School
(LA or Sponsor)
Archbishop Temple School, Preston
Recent OfSTED judgement
(Overall and Leadership)
Context of School

Archbishop Temple School is a high performing secondary school in Preston, Lancashire. We have around 800 pupils, aged 11 – 16, and we aim to provide an outstanding education based firmly on our core values of faith, nurture and service.

Our pupils receive a first class education and our exam results are consistently among the best in the country (in 2018 88% of our students achieved a good grade in 5 or more subjects, including English and Maths).

Being a Church of England School is a core part of our ethos. We express our faith in regular acts of worship, but also by providing an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere where we make a commitment to each young person to try to support them to be the best they can be.

Particular area(s) of Expertise/Strength
  • Leading the approach to MFL Pedagogy and Curriculum as piloted by the DfE’s MFL Hubs Programme (we are one of 9 Lead schools in the pilot)
  • Pupil progress (3 year trend of consistently excellent outcomes at GCSE French and Spanish)
  • Structuring 5 year curriculum planning
  • Developing assessments to support GCSE skills across the 5 years
  • Driving MFL uptake at KS4 and developing campaigns in school to raise the profile of ‘MFL’ and increase pupils’ engagement and success in the subject
  • New Staff Induction
How have you supported other schools or middle leaders and senior leaders in your own school?

Supporting other schools:

  • AST in MFL between 2009 and 2012
  • Supported a range of departments in embedding principles of the Lancashire Literacy Project at a secondary school in Lancashire
  • Currently working with 4 Hub schools to develop MFL curriculum and pedagogy


  • Supported all departments in evaluating and developing literacy provision to improve outcomes
  • Part of a group of teachers to trial, develop and lead on using new technologies to support learning
  • 12 years experience in New Staff Induction, ITT and NQT as Professional Mentor
  • Led the TLC impact group in school and worked with colleagues to share best practice and trial new ideas
  • Led whole school approach to YGT, devised policies and worked with Departments to evaluate provision and differentiate appropriately to challenge the most able                    
What was the Impact of your support?

Supporting other schools:

  • Successful analysis of opportunities to explicitly teach Literacy in Science, RE and Humanities Departments at a secondary school in Lancashire, SOW reflected change in approach
  • Ongoing support for Hub schools as directed by DfE Hub programme


  • Devised a whole school approach and policy to explicitly teach literacy in all classrooms
  • Successful creation of MFL dept VLE on Firefly and lesson routines using new technologies are embedded in all SOW and classroom practice
  • Regular attendance at TLC impact group and range of new initiatives trialled and action research conducted
  • Consistent approach to YGT evident across departments and excellent outcomes consistent for this sub group.


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