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Let's welcome the Year of the Rooster (Chinese New Year)

The run-up to the Chinese New Year is an excellent time to introduce your students to the world of Chinese language and culture. This year, 28 January marks the start of the Year of the Rooster, and our new education resource pack is here to help spread festivity through your primary school.

Opportunities to learn how to make authentic Dongpo Pork or decorate plates with Chinese patterns and motifs don’t come along every school day. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with engaging activities like these from the pack.

Download the pack from Schools Online and complete a short survey while you are there to be in with a chance of winning £200 of Amazon vouchers for your school.

Support for language learning in 2017
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Funding is available via the Mandarin Excellence Programme to help secondary schools with experience of teaching Mandarin Chinese to build their students' fluency. Learn more about how you can apply, and register your interest today.

Up-to-date cultural knowledge, guidance with accent, tone and pronunciation, and sheer enthusiasm for language teaching are some of the qualities that language assistants brought to modern language classrooms across the UK in 2016. Find out how to host an Italian, German, French, Chinese, Irish or Spanish native-speaker at your school in 2017.

If you are recruiting trainee language teachers, encourage them to make an application for a Languages Teacher Training Scholarship. Successful trainees will be provided with extra support to enhance their languages knowledge, access to a range of professional development resources, mentor support and £27,500 of funding, all of which can benefit your school.

International education opportunities in 2017

Spark enthusiasm for international learning by getting your school community on board with the International School Award. Depending on the extent of your school’s international work to date, you may already be eligible for recognition at one of three award levels. Apply for Foundation or Intermediate certification, or submit a Statement of Intent and Impact Evaluation for Accreditation or Reaccreditation.

Studying global issues with your students is an important way to prepare them for life in a global economy. Connecting Classrooms template projects help schools to connect and plan joint projects around 21st century issues, such as world hunger and gender equality, while supporting the development of students’ core skills. Get inspired and get started with one of six template projects today.

Planning to apply for Erasmus+ funding to extend your school’s international outlook and support staff professional development? Sign up to a live question and answer-style webinar on 11 or 19 January for guidance on how to apply. The deadline for applications is 11.00 on 2 February.

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