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New language leader for Trust

Published on 30/06/17

One of the UK's most respected modern language teachers is to join the Inspiration Trust as a subject specialist leader.

Barry Smith will join the Norwich-based trust in September as part of a team of subject specialists, working with teachers and department leaders to develop curriculum and teaching approaches across the charity's 13 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Originally from Newcastle, Barry began teaching in South Wales in 1997 and soon began sharing his passion for high impact, didactic, high energy teaching through training and professional development courses.

In early 2014 he became a founder of Michaela Community School in London - recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted - where he is currently deputy headmaster. 

Barry said: "Helping develop modern foreign languages across the Inspiration Trust is such an exciting opportunity. I’ve already met quite a few of the trust's language teachers and there’s masses of talent and enthusiasm there. 

"I want teachers to trust themselves more. Trust in their subject expertise. Really enjoy the subject they teach. I want teachers to get that teaching and learning languages can be easy and progress can be fast. You’ve just got to work from the right principles and ditch the dodgy orthodoxy that has held teachers and kids back for too long."

Inspiration Trust director of education Christine Counsell said: "Barry has delivered some of the most popular courses on our professional development programme and we have had teachers so inspired that they have gone back to their schools and really shaken up how they approach their subject.

"To have him not just for a few hours leading a course but as one of our dedicated team of subject specialist leaders is fantastic for the trust and will directly benefit thousands of students in the region."