ALL London branch   


Last update: 27/05/2012

Events and web changes

This page was last updated 27 May 2012

This is where we'll log accounts of our events and news bulletins, the most recent being at the top of the table below. By clicking on the pictures or the coloured text, you will be taken to a longer account

30/10//09  Update on 

Public consultation on proposed new NC level descriptors

Overview & Links here 

Second Life - an ALL/mflresources experiment

If you fancy exploring Second Life with some ALL/mflresources members, contact Helen who can link you to Karelia and friends who have a plot there. Some ideas on mflresources here.
Ashcombe Workshops Click here for a link to Ashcombe ICT workshop information
ALL January Event Click here for a link to the ALL January Event details (Sat Jan 23rd 2010)

Spanish Event

Click here for a link to the Spanish Event details (Sat Nov 21st 2009)
Show & Tell Click here for a link to the Show & Tell details (Sat Oct 31st, Olympia)
Student Reception '09 Click here for a link to Student reception page
ISMLA/ALL London survey Click here for a link to the ISMLA/ALL London survey on June 2009 results.

Branch notices issued June 2009

A list of reminders / notices issued at the June event

ALL London June Event 2009 - what happened!

An account of another very enjoyable meeting.  Watch this page as it grows with more contributions from those who participated. 

Public consultation on proposed new NC level descriptors

Overview & Links here 
ALL London June Event Registration now open for our next event, featuring great speakers + the chance to 'show and tell' real practice! 
David Buckland We were very sad to hear that David Buckland had passed away.  Here are some informal tributes to a highly respected member of our languages' community.
The February Event - initial report and pictures Brief account, brilliant links and a few photos from our February 2009 event.!
January 16th 2009 Link to TES article 'Languages decline deepens'

Link to Independent article 'Class divide opens up in teaching of languages'


New GCSE Specifications.

December 2008 - Comparison of the 5 GCSE ML ecxam specifications.  Downloadable documents + Powerpoint.  Prepared for CILT 14-19 conference by Helen Myers.

October 2008 - Ofqual seminar on subject inter-comparability.

Powerpoint, talk + report form Helen Myers. 

February 7th 2009 - 'The February Event'.  Another great opportunity to hear top-notch speakers and meet your friends in the morning, before enjoying the rest of the day in London!

The Spanish Committee looks forward to welcoming you to its annual ICT event.  Places limited, so early booking highly recommended!

Pictures of the successful student teacher reception.  Thanks to Leanne for her organisation and enthusiasm!

Student teacher event 2008


Following the success of previous years, we are offering a free PGCE Student event.  Click here for more details.

September 4th 2008

Guidance on raising queries about GCSE grades.

Severe grading up-date August 2008

Severe grading page up-dated following publication of GCSE results August 2008, including '08 stats, press releases, and advice on how to compare ML grades.
ALL London at the Mi Vida Loca launch!
Mick Waters' Powerpoint presentation from LW2008 now available.

ALL Essex Day -  

Sat 10th May 2008

A short account by Helen of  a very pleasant day spent in the company of the ALL Essex Branch.

ALL Treasures: 

Steven Fawkes

I've added a page for Steven Fawkes to keep Vincent Everett company in our gallery of ALL Treasures ...

The June Event

A programme for the ALL London June Event to be held Saturday June 14th 2008 at the Goethe-Institut has just been published.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

Check the page for availability.

GCSE Specs for 2009


Webpage with links and downloads for those who want to comment before they are finalised.


Language World 2008 

Comments and photos so far ..! 


The French Day - photos

Here is a page with some photos giving a flavour of a lovely Saturday spent surrounded by la belle langue!

Severe grading up-dates

Severe Grading pages up-dated with most recent press release + statements for arguments / counterarguments. 
Letter from Christine Gilbert, HMI OFSTED Letter acknowledging negative  impact of compulsory languages on the CVA of schools with compulsory languages.
Committee page updated Nick Mair, Vice Chair extraordinaire.
The January Event Report. Some pictures to capture the great atmosphere at our January Event 2008!
Community Languages Event Report. Evidence of a very successful Community Languages Day organised by Narinder Kaur.
Spanish Day Report! Some pictures from the packed Spanish Day with Francisco and Crisitna!

GCSE Review Dec 07

Draft response summarising changes to GCSE criteria

Severe grading up-dates

Severe Grading pages up-dated with most recent correspondence and articles.  Lay-out re-vamped.

Language World 2008 

Information and registration booklet published. Early Bird discounts available

French Event

Joining instructions added here.  Something for everyone interested in topping up their French knowledge and getting ideas for some good lessons!

The January Event

Joining instructions added to the site here.   We return to a popular venue: the London School of Economics, close to Covent Garden.

Community Languages Event

All are welcome to our annual Community Languages Event - a packed and varied programme followed by a lovely lunch and music!  Click here to find out  more.

Spanish Event

Joining instructions added to the site here.  Hurry!  Places limited to 30!

Student Reception - London October 2007

Account of the packed evening held at the Institute of London, Monday October 1st 2007

The Vincent Everett Page

Up-dated to include French versions of his famous games which 'keep them talking'!  Many thanks, Vincent.  Greetings from ALL London to UEA students!

Italian Study Day

Nick Mair, ALL committee member and HOD at Dulwich College invites you and your students to an Italian Study Day - just £10 per person.  The programme looks great!  Wednesday 21st November, 9.30- 15.00 Refreshments included in the price.

Click here to download an invitation.

Click here to see the details on a web page.

China Day - free event - The Ashcombe School, Dorking 29/10/07

PGCE Event details published - 1st October 2007.  Institute of Education, London.  FREE EVENT FOR STUDENTS!  Details here.  Download invitation here.


Severe grading correspondence


Published correspondence between Secretary of State + associations regarding Severe grading



Links to exam articles

Useful links to comment  / opinions on GCSE ML exams 2007

Links to resources for exploiting Rugby world cup La coupe du monde de Rugby
Guidance for GCSE review




Diary dates to pencil in!



June Event 2007 - account, photos and follow-up.


Arsenal Languages Double Club Launch

A high profile launch, with a very very special guest!!


May 2007

Severe Grading page up-dated, including letter sent to Alan Johnson, Dr Robert Coe's latest research (including web link to his Powerpoint presentation) and BBC article 'some subjects are easer than others'


13th March 2007

We welcome new people to our committee!  See our up-dated committee page and a few photos of our meeting.


30th March 20007

ALL Japanese e-learning conference 2007


29th-30th March 2007

ALL Language World Conference 2007: 'Expanding Horizons'

27th March 2007

ALL West of England Branch - March '07

16th Februaruy 2007

Routes into Languages - universities are actively seeking ways of encouraging more student take-up of languages in Higher Education.

13th February 2007

A sneak preview of our venue for The June Event 2007!

5th February 2007

Click here to see Joe Dale's account of an ICT day at The Ashcombe School - a free, regular workshop which ALL members are very welcome to attend. 

3rd February 2007

Click here to see Duncan Byrne, chair of ISMLA (good friends of ours!) and the lovely surroundings in which their successful annual conference was held.


27th January 2007

Click here to see the first draft of a multimedia account of our January Event 2007.  Features Helen's first ever 'Photo Story' and Quick Time Movie Combination.  (Now how can you resist that?!!)


10th-13th January 2007

ALL stand at BETT exhibition + Joe Dale gave a talk on behalf of ALL.  Photos here!

  Up-dated FAQ section

A section where we can share questions / answers on a whole variety of issues. (previously called Tips + Ideas)

Interactive Whiteboard Training Click here for details of Whiteboard Training at Dulwich College, Monday 15th January 2007
Severe Grading Click here for up-dated pages which will give members support as they analyse pupil performance in MFL when compared with other subjects.  Now includes notes and proposal following meeting with QCA and exam boards.
The January Event - Revealed! Click here to find out what a great event we have in store for you in London on Saturday January 27th 2007.  Starring: Joe Dale, Rachel Hawkes & Leigh McClelland!

China Day Workshop

Click here to find out about and download an invitation - Monday Oct 30th 2006

Spanish Event: ICT Skills Workshop

4th November 2007

Calling all Spanish teachers!  Please join us on Saturday November 4th 2006 for a 'hands-on' event entitled 'Spanish ICT Skills Workshop' led by Francisco Villatoro (creator of fantastic resources on and our own Spanish committee leader, Cristina Sánchez!  Focus on creating Powerpoints and using Interactive Whiteboards.

Click here for more details.

Ashcombe ICT Workshops

5 free workshop days held at The Ashcombe School, Dorking, Surrey.  Focus on management, training and resources for the computer room.

Click here for more details.

Who represents us on the national committees? See some new faces here
Diary up-date for 2006-7 See the details here
Student Teacher Event Details now available here
Pictures from the June Event now available!
Excel Spreadsheets As exam season approaches, how can you use spreadsheets to cut down on admin?  Click here to find some worked examples and instructions!
Corporate links Links page has been reorganised to give a quick link to organisations & corporate members, plus space for a fuller explanation of the services offered.  Click here for detaills.
Resources added: Ideas for exploiting the world cup + French reading comprehension on the Equipe de France
April LRB meeting Your committee met for a planning meeting .. then some of us went for a nice meal.  Click here for picture.  The minutes have been put into the committee section.
Corporate links ALL corporate members can have links added to our website.  Here's the first one from Linguascope.  There are three interesting trainnig events coming up this summer.  Click here for details.

The June Event

A programme for the ALL London June Event to be held Saturday June 17th 2006 at the Goethe-Institut has just been published and will be sent to London  members shortly.  Book early to avoid disappointment!!


Language World April 2006

See some of the pictures taken during the conference - getting ideas from inspiring presenters, meeting publishers, awarding bodies and the DfES, and also having some time for socialising.

Severe Grading Click here for pages which will give members support as they analyse pupil performance in MFL when compared with other subjects.

Up-dated 9.4.06. in the light of TES article 31.3.06. which made reference to a recent CEM report

NEC meeting Click here to see the faces behind the National Executive Committee.  They met on Saturday March 25th.

ALL International Challenge Award 2006

Click here to read about an exciting competition open to ALL members
Resources New resources added for Expo3Vert TaskMagic
Italian links New Italian links added and information about a series of workshops at The Italian Institute
Community Event See the pictures here!
Whiteboard Training Click here for details of Whiteboard Training at Dulwich College, Tuesday 7th March
Community event Click here for details of the next annual Community & Asian Languages Event - 4th March
Spanish advice! Click here for three events recommended by the Spanish Committee
ALL London January Event 28.1.06. Click here to see the results of a great photographer and his camera at work ...
Spanish Quiz Click here for a sneak preview of the National online quiz for January 25th-26th - more details to follow!
Spanish Day Click here to find out about the ALL Spanish day on Saturday 25th February.

Member Questionnaire

Click here to download questionnaire for copying and pasting into an email to our secretary, Claire Jones
Resources The Webmistress recommends some sites for sharing resources!
ALL London January Event 28.1.06. Details on the webpage and as a download. Includes full information, application form and detailed map.
Committee meeting December 2005 - we welcome a new committee member!
German Conference Saturday 12th November 2005: Fifth London Conference for Teachers of German, organised by King's College London, Goethe Institut and UCL
Invitation to attend a Chinese workshop
New link added to our weblink page .. our friends from the east!  It's nice to have a quick and direct contact with them over the net so that we can pinch some of their ideas!
We were all very shocked to hear of Peter Boak's death in September 2005.  He was a very good friend of the branch, as well as being a great support in the language world generally. We have added our own Tribute on our website.
Sadly, Charles Claxton can no longer be our dynamic chair, but we know he'll be dynamic in the back benches still!  The committee have asked Helen to be Chair, and she's honoured to be asked!
Information about ALL French day, October 8th 2005
Minutes for April 2005 meeting and Agenda for September meeting published.
Date for PGCE Event decided. Details will be published here.
Date for Primary Workshop.
Photos from the successful 'Language World' Conference held at Canterbury 1st-3rd July.
Dates for free workshop sessions for ICT
Photos from Helen's visit to Manchester ALL branch
Photos from our April Committee meeting, including our new members.

February 2005

New address!


Thanks to Stéphane Derône, we now have a new, much more memorable address.  [since you are here, there seems little point in telling you!!].

Merci beaucoup, Stéphane! The Webmistress has also inserted some pictures into the subcommittee pages.

January 2005


Rodney Mantle keeps in touch.  See his Xmas Greetings and photos.  Click here.

January 2005

Just what you always wanted!  An opportunity to read through our past agendas and minutes!  Wow!!!!  The Webmistress has just learnt how to link to files for download, so had to include this facility! ADVICE: best to download documents by right-clicking and saving. Danger of computer freezing otherwise. Click here.

January 25th 2005

Committee Meeting welcomes three new committee members and plans future events. Click here.

November 20th 2004

The Webmistress captures four committee members who previously escaped her web!  See them on the committee-member page, here!

November 20th 2004, AGM

Click here for a page which captures our action-packed AGM: training & photos!

October 2004

Work/life balance strategies

Jo Campling is particularly interested in investigating this issue .  Click here to read more.

October  2004

PGCE event

September 27th 2004

Calling all Germanists!  Jolande would like help on the German Committee.  Click here to find out more.


September 18th 2004

Community annual conference

Click here to read an account of the Branch's first event of the academic year,  hosted by Kausar Ali at  at the Archbishop Lanfranc school in Mitcham, Surrey.

September 14th 2004

The Branch Committee meeting when a sneak preview of the ALL London Branch Website was made available to the committee.  Click here to see pictures of this fun event, followed by a satisfying meal in Covent Garden.

You are invited to post content to Helen Myers in preparation for a full launch at the Autumn eve