Fiona Rao – SLE Pen Portrait

SLE Specialism: MFL, Leadership of CPD

My desire to participate in system leadership stems from the belief that all schools and their practitioners have the latent qualities to be outstanding, thus the potential to make a substantive change to the achievement of pupils – sometimes all that is needed as a catalyst for transformation is a fresh perspective. A former Fast Track teacher (NCSL), I am an ‘outstanding’ teacher who, as a Subject Leader, always maintained a strong dedication to the quality, evaluation and continuous improvement of teaching and learning.

Experience has taught me that working collaboratively is an incredibly effective method of bringing about positive change, promoting higher expectations in staff and pupils, hence raising standards of attainment and achievement on many levels. I have an array of experience to offer schools who are seeking support from an SLE. My level of MFL expertise spans four key stages, my experience as a Middle Leader that of steering a team in one of the largest schools in the country.  My role has been to lead, manage and inspire staff and pupils to achieve their best in terms of the highest quality teaching and learning opportunities available, in the context of a SIP and DIP.  I have been responsible for the implementation and use of data to track individual progress from KS2 onwards, provided intervention where necessary and encouraged innovative and personalised learning and feedback, creating an ethos in which both MFL staff and learners are challenged to make excellent progress. I have ensured the provision of staff development within and beyond the MFL department, including CPD for PGCE students, mentoring of NQTs and HLTAs, coaching established staff and, having carried out a number of Action Research projects, I have been able to collaborate with:

Teachers TV

ALL (Association for Language Learning)

Barnsley Future Learning Framework

CILT (National Centre for Languages)

BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency)

TLA (Teaching and Learning Academy)


Findings have been disseminated regionally and nationally through citation in Lord Dearing’s Languages Review, on Teachers TV, at ALL World Languages Conference in Oxford 2007 and on the Languages ICT website.