MFL (Spanish, German and French)

The Astra Learning Alliance currently has the following SLEs in this category:

Emma Whittle - French and German (Dr Challoner's Grammar School)

Lindsey Ashton - Spanish (Dr Challoner's Grammar School)



Emma 8447Emma Whittle

School: Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: Subject Leader for German, AST, SLE

SLE area of expertise: Modern Languages across all Key Stages

Current responsibilities: As well as my responsibilities here at Challoner’s, I am still working as an AST in schools across Buckinghamshire, supporting the delivery of primary  French and German and secondary German.

 I am also a co-author of the Goethe Institut’s new teaching materials for KS2 German and have presented “Felix and Franzi” at Language Conferences in Buckinghamshire, London and Bath.

Previous career history:

I have taught Modern Languages for nearly twenty years, seven of which were as Head of German at Cheam High School. I have been at Challoner’s since September 2004, when I was appointed Subject Leader for German and AST.  

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I am excited about the collaboration between the Astra Learning Alliance, the Goethe Institut and the Bucks Learning Trust to introduce German into the primary curriculum. In my role as an SLE I want to ensure that schools are provided with high quality teaching materials and CPD support, in order to deliver German lessons that will inspire our young learners.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:

  • German from Reception to KS5
  • French from Reception to KS3

Through my role as an AST I have worked with primary school teachers across Buckinghamshire to support them in the delivery and planning of French at Key Stage 2. In the last two years this has also extended to helping schools implement German into their curriculum.

Future career goals:

The uptake of German at UK secondary schools is on the decline. My goal is to encourage as many schools as possible in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire to introduce German into their KS2 curriculum to provide children with a flavour of the language and culture.

I will continue to work with the Goethe Institut to produce high quality teaching materials, which teachers can access free of charge.