We are proud to have worked with a number of local and national partners in the past, a selection of which are listed below.
Supporting a new secondary curriculum for languages, Steve Mulgrew was one of four Regional Subject Advisers active in the North-East of England during the three-year programme which ended in 2010. This involved direct school and local authority support, presentations at regional conferences and a series of school-based twilight sessions.
Links into Languages was a network of regional centres based in universities in each of the nine English regions, replacing the Comenius network in 2009 and ending in March 2011. Links Into Languages North-East was based at the University of Newcastle worked closely with Orangery Education on delivery of the core training modules and other events such as a highly successful regional conference in January 2011. Resources from Links into Languages events and the LinkedUp programme can still be found online.
In 2008 Orangery Education was commissioned to evaluate the teaching and learning of an ICT department in one of the Local Authority's secondary schools. This involved a cycle of lesson observation, feedback and meetings with subject staff and senior managers. Several years later we were commissioned to produce a set of interactive whiteboard resources to support the teaching of French at Key Stage 2. The resources, consisting of a set of units on CD-ROM with accompanying handbook, were distributed to every primary school in the city.
We have led numerous seminars to PGCE students at the University of Newcastle, focusing mainly on the use of ICT as a teaching tool in the Modern Foreign Languages classroom.
The Key Stage 3 MFL Dissemination and Development Programme ran from 2007 to 2009 and involved groups of language teachers working on specific focus areas in Strategic Learning Networks across the country. 24 of these SLNs were in the North-East region and as one of two Regional Trainers, Steve Mulgrew was involved in their co-ordination and support. The role involved regional and national conferences and regular visits to schools throughout the programme.
Based at Sunderland's Royalty Theatre, the Youth Academy's 40 students meet every Thursday evening to develop their skills in music, drama and dance. Orangery Education delivered the musical element of the Academy's work from the outset in 2008 and worked on numerous projects including a production of Little Shop of Horrors and an original musical score consisting of ten songs for Barry Grantham's Commedia play The Duchess Mislaid.
Orangery Education delivered training on behalf of the Espresso Group to schools using the Espresso Primary and Clipbank services from 2007 to 2014. As well as delivering training direct to schools, we advised fellow training partners and Espresso staff on the way in which these resources can best be used to support teaching and learning in Modern Foreign Languages and developed a range of training materials. The Espresso brand became part of Discovery Education in 2014 and we continue to work with the organisation under its new name.
A well-known and established provider of online revision and exam practice, SAM Learning engaged consultants for school support services until a company re-structuring in 2010.
The Comenius network was CILT's regional outreach programme, supporting teachers and trainee teachers across the country. In the North-East region Orangery Education provided a range of seminars and contributed towards the smooth running of major regional conferences in 2008 and 2009. We also produced the Comenius Good Practice Guides (see Publications). The Comenius network ended in 2009 when Links into Languages took over regional outreach activities.
Orangery Education has devised and delivered a wide range of courses from personal development and family learning programmes to accredited courses for adult learners in South Tyneside. The most recent was an innovative course in design and print techniques leading to a Level 2 qualification with NCFE.
We have been invited to lead seminars to Initial Teacher Training students at the University of York, with a focus on marking and assessment in Modern Foreign Language teaching.
Languages CPD was an organisation which provided whole-day and half-day sessions to MFL teachers, specialising in small group sessions, often with delegates from only a few schools. Our contribution included the preparation and delivery of courses on speaking skills, motivation and engagement, and preparing for controlled assessments at GCSE.
Fantastict was the first Promethean authorised learning centre in England and Wales and we worked closely with them to support schools and colleges in their use of Promethean hardware and software. On behalf of Fantastict we delivered a series of sessions with the education staff at seven North-East prisons, where there has been significant investment in teaching and learning technology. Having been recognised as a lead provider for the North of England we now offer training on these products which can be found on the Promethean pages of this website.
The School INSET Company was a provider of whole-day school-based CPD and webinar sessions for teachers. Orangery Education devised and delivered a number of courses on their behalf, including bespoke interactive whiteboard training, advice on the effective deployment of foreign language assessments, and guidance on assessment and feedback for MFL teachers.
As UK distributor of SMART interactive products, Steljes was until recently a key provider of technology training. Director Steve Mulgrew was certified by Steljes as an accredited trainer in 2007 and has since delivered SMART Board training in schools, colleges, NHS establishments, management training centres, call centres and RAF bases on their behalf. Although Steljes no longer provide contract training we continue to offer this service to resellers and end-users. For more details on the SMART product range see the Smart Technologies pages of this website.