Our French Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) course provides an opportunity for non-specialist French teachers, returning teachers and native speakers of another language to develop their subject knowledge.

TSST courses are FREE OF CHARGE.

This course is specifically designed to develop the subject knowledge of qualified teachers who did not train as French teachers. It is also suitable for existing language teachers whose main language is not French and returning teachers who need to refresh their subject knowledge. The programme runs over 6 sessions which will deepen the knowledge and understanding of the important areas needed to deliver successful French lessons. This high quality training opportunity is completely FREE OF CHARGE through funding by the DfE and has been developed in collaboration with the University of Bristol.

Why apply for this course?

Why Apply?

Are you:

  • A non-specialist teacher teaching French?
  • A non-specialist teacher who could potentially teach French in addition to your main subject?
  • A teacher who wants to retrain as French teacher?
  • A teacher wishing to return to the profession to teach French?
  • A native speaker of another language wishing develop your French?

If so, you could get FREE training from AvonTSA.

Our teacher subject specialism training (TSST) is designed and delivered by experienced teachers at Malmesbury School in collaboration with the University of Bristol. The programme includes face-to-face sessions, gap tasks, collaborative planning and lesson observation of micro teaching tasks in the target language. Details can be found on the flyer.

Feedback from schools is that training has positively impacted on the confidence and effectiveness of non-specialist teachers. Other benefits include:


  • Increased subject knowledge and enthusiasm
  • Understanding and awareness of curriculum change
  • Better lesson planning
  • A greater range of teaching strategies developed and deployed

Feedback from previous delegates

What a fabulous course – I’ve become much more confident about using target language and being more adventurous with my activities.  My students are more engaged and it’s helped me dredge up loads of French that I’d forgotten that I’d learnt at school.  It’s been so helpful to have time to discuss and reflect and to observe experienced language teachers.

Molly, Devizes School

For the teaching of grammar and vocabulary, as well as classroom confidence in target language, the course has been invaluable.  Lesson observations of outstanding practice have been inspiring.

Ben, St Laurence School

Languages Facilitators

Ruth Cole

Ruth has been teaching for 17 years as a specialist in Modern Languages and has taught German French, Russian and Italian.  She has held various roles, including as an AST working across a range of schools in the South West. Ruth is an experienced facilitator for MFL CPD and she has led on Teaching and Learning groups, innovative teaching and coaching.

Ruth has mentored many PGCE students through the University of Bristol PGCE course, and served on the Advisory Group for the PGCE course.  She has also authored resources for a pre-ITT online course for Hibernia University.  She is currently Senior Curriculum Leader for International Business and Languages at Malmesbury School and has contributed to the design and development of our TSST French programme.

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