3rd April 2001






Primary teachers in Withernsea and South Holderness have been given a helping hand with their French teaching skills by lecturers at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


As part of a government-funded initiative to support primary education in various zones across the country, the university has been giving French updating courses to primary teachers from 14 schools in the region.


A team consisting of Ian Scott, Sheelagh Johnson, Chantal Gervais and Anu Bissonauth-Bedford, lecturers at the university, and Andy Hagyard, teaching and learning co-ordinator in the Faculty of Business and Management, have worked closely with the Rural Achievement Zone based in Keyingham to organise the courses.


“The courses have been designed to give teachers confidence in the language,” said Ian. “The teachers are able to benefit from mutual support in an informal learning atmosphere.”


All the teachers involved in the project have been enrolled as university students until December. “An innovative feature of the project is the learning facility and support offered by the university’s Virtual Campus,” commented Andy. 

The Rural Achievement Zone project is one of 73 education projects across the country set up by the Department for Education and Employment with aims to improve standards in schools and provide new opportunities for community learning. For further information about the Rural Achievement Zone please contact Carol Atkinson on 01964 603049.

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Schools involved in the project: Thorngumbald Junior, Preston Primary, Sproatley Primary, Bilton Primary, Hedon County Primary, Hedon Innans Primary, Burstwick Primary, Skirlaugh Primary, Withernsea Junior, Withernsea Infant, Burton Pidsea Primary, Keyingham Infant, Keyingham Junior, Patrington Primary, Easington Primary.

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For more information contact: Caroline Hardiman, Press and Media Relations Assistant, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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