Mark Neesam – SLE Pen Portrait

SLE Specialism: MFL

I am a highly competent linguist and I have been a Modern Foreign Languages teacher for the past 13 years. Over this time I have taught French, German and Spanish to Key Stage 3 and GCSE level, together with German and French to A level. Furthermore, I have examined AS and A2 students for the oral examinations for French and German consistently achieving a minimum of a grade C. I have always been graded as at least ‘Good’ and regularly ‘Outstanding’ in all lesson observations and I endeavour to make Languages a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students, regardless of ability.

I am acutely aware of the challenges that exist in education today and I read widely around the topic of Education so that I can, not only maximise student achievement but also respond to curriculum and assessment changes but also OFSTED criteria for inspections.

I have led the introduction of NVQ Languages at my previous school at Level 2 and Level 3 and during this time, I qualified as an assessor for NVQ with the OCR examination board. I have also worked at national level collaboratively with the Language Alliance developing the Certificate in Language for Business qualification providing an alternative qualification for Level 3 learners, who may find learning a language through a ‘traditional’ qualification challenging.

As a leader, I relish the daily challenge to drive the very best out of my teams through my preferred methodology of ‘leading by example.’ As a result of this, students have achieved at least their expected outcomes and more significantly, they have a desire to continue their studies beyond GCSE. Having had the experience of successfully leading large teams at middle leadership level and also contributing to whole school improvement, I have developed skills and strategies to enable sustained improvement in student outcomes; working collaboratively with colleagues.

Supporting the development of other colleagues has been at the forefront of my roles throughout my career. Throughout my professional career, I have found inspiration and fulfilment in the responsibility for NQT induction and new teaching staff training. I have led CPD and supported newer staff in the department to develop their subject knowledge and confidence to help take teaching and learning forward from grassroots.

I enjoy working collaboratively thus helping to ensure that Modern Foreign Languages flourish as a curriculum subject as the teaching profession embarks on an exciting new chapter of assessment with the English Baccalaureate measure, together with Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures.