Aims of the project
The network seeks to support schools which might find it difficult to effectively resource German teaching by pooling the expertise that can found in the area. The Network works both with Oxfordshire schools and at a national level. ‘Partner schools’ in Oxfordshire are able to attend, and also help to organise, events throughout the year.
Background and goals
Established by the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in 2012.
The termly teachers’ meetings are hosted at Jesus College, and a number of other events take place at the University of Oxford. Teaching staff from partner schools are involved in setting up extra-curricular activities. The Head of German at Headington is engaged in making contact with primary schools and offering assistance in language teaching. Partner schools have been invited to German themed events in Headington Theatre.
Assessment carried out by Oxford University.
The Network aims to provide a range of events each academic year, open to different year groups. For example, the Christmas Biscuits Competition is for pupils starting to learn German (approx Years 7-9), while Reading Groups are often for sixth formers. Attendance at individual events varies, but includes pupils from both independent and maintained schools.
Frequency and duration
The Oxford German Network is an ongoing initiative that has been running since 2012. Most of the individual events occur annually or a few times a year. The Network will continue to operate as long as it remains beneficial.