FAQs

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How many children can fit on the bus?

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It depends how big they are! A whole class of up to Y6 pupils can fit in; if there are 30 or more pupils and they are tall it can get "cosy", but it works. Some schools prefer to split their classes in 2 for comfort, but when I visit most schools whole classes come, one at a time. I have even had up to 39 nursery children in one go!

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Do you drive the bus yourself?

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Yes, I do! If you are old enough (as in you passed your driving test before 1997), you are actually entitled to drive a 7.5t vehicle on the road! All I did was I got a couple of lessons on an empty car park with an ex-coach driver... then on the road I went! It really is easier than it looks. I love driving my bus... and manoeuvring too!

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HOW BIG IS YOUR BUS?

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Well, it is a 7.5t ex-council mobile library bus... so it is quite big! If you want me to come to visit you with the bus, you will need to think carefully about where I will be able to park it!

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ARE YOU A TEACHER?

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Yes, I am and I am DBS checked! I qualified in 1995 and taught full time in secondary schools until 2014. For 1o of those years I also worked weekly in primary schools, supporting the teaching of languages with younger pupils and training teachers. In 2014 I became self-employed; I currently still teach weekly, as a specialist languages teacher, in 3 primary schools in County Durham and I fit the rest of my work around those commitments! I also regularly deliver sessions in a local nursery school.

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DO YOU JUST VISIT SCHOOLS WITH YOUR BUS?

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I certainly do not only do that! Please see below the other ways I may be able to raise the profile of languages in your school or your family.

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WHAT LANGUAGES SERVICES DO YOU OFFER TO SCHOOLS?

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I currently offer the following:

  1. regular teaching of French and Spanish in nursery and primary schools (weekly but also half-termly)
  2. support with the organisation and delivery of special languages days
  3. staff training on various primary languages matters, eg languages and literacy
  4. storytelling in French, Spanish and German, with or without my unique mobile library bus
  5. teaching French through football skills

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WHAT DOES A VISIT FROM YOU TO A SCHOOL LOOK LIKE?

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Once you have decided you are happy to work with me, we will put a date in the diary. About a month prior to my visit, I will email you a document setting out what the visit will look like (see sample document) and we will organise it together. In brief, I tailor each trip to your and your pupils' needs... but don't take my word for it!

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO WORK WITH YOU?

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If you are a school, the following costs are within 15 miles of Consett where I am based.

  1. regular teaching: £80 per afternoon, £180 per day
  2. support with special languages day/events: £100 per afternoon, £200 per day
  3. staff training: £100 per hour
  4. storytelling in the classroom: £100 per afternoon, £200 per day; storytelling on the bus: from £150 per afternoon, £260 per day (based on how far you are, please contact me for a quote)
  5. teaching French through football skills: £100 per afternoon, £200 per day

If you are an organisation looking to make a booking for a conference or other event, costs will vary greatly. Read more here about what I can do.

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DO YOU WORK WITH FAMILIES?

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I do not physically teach families at the moment but read here about how I may still be able to help you. 

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HAVE YOU GOT ANY EXPERIENCE AS A SPEAKER?

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If you know me... you will know that I love reading but I also love speaking! Yes, I have delivered many talks, workshops and training sessions. You can read more here about my work in this area.