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Webinar: The importance of heritage languages for student wellbeing and learning

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Join Professor Dame Alison Peacock (Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching), Dr Lisa-Maria Muller (Education Research Manager, Chartered College of Teaching), Bavaani Nanthabalan (Executive Headteacher, Netley Primary School) and Dr Marcelo Staricoff (Author, Director and Consultant, JONK Thinking and Learning) as they:

  • present findings from a scoping review on the links between multilingualism in the family and child well-being
  • discuss how children’s full linguistic repertoire can be included in the classroom
  • reflect on why this can be beneficial for all children, not just those who speak languages other than English at home.

About the contributors

Lisa-Maria Muller is the Education Research Manager at the Chartered College of Teaching, where she works on linking research and practice. Before joining the Chartered College of Teaching, Lisa-Maria worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Universities of Cambridge and York on two projects relating to foreign language learning. In her PhD thesis she investigated the similarities and differences between typically developing multilingualism and multilingual language disorders. She is a qualified teacher and has worked in secondary schools in Austria and England.

Marcelo Staricoff is the creator of the Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) approach, founder and director of JONK Thinking and Learning Ltd, an Associate Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex, an educational consultant, speaker and trainer working with schools and educational organisations nationally and internationally. Marcelo Staricoff has published widely on a creative thinking and philosophical approach to teaching and learning and school leadership and is the author of Start Thinking and of the forthcoming book entitled The Joy of Not Knowing (Routledge 2020). Marcelo is a former scientist, Primary school teacher and a recent Headteacher, becoming a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching in 2019. Marcelo is a Trustee of the Laurel Trust, the Michael Aldrich Foundation and Acting Vice-Chair of Whitehawk Football Club.

Bavaani Nanthabalan has spent over 30 years in education and was first appointed as Headteacher in 2005. She is now Executive Headteacher of the following schools in Netley Campus: Netley Primary School, Woodlands Centre for Autism, Robson House Pupil Referral Unit and Acorns Centre for two year olds. The Campus also offers an outreach service to support children with SEMH, language and communication needs. It is a leading educational establishment and supports schools nationally. Her schools’ approach of a values based curriculum with respect and equality at its core, enables children to have a strong identity, be informed and act as agents of change. She is committed to inclusion and building leaders, contributing to the local and the wider system on developing leadership, services and provision, engaging with international educators e.g. working in partnership with British Council/DfE Building Educational Bridges programme. She was delighted to become a FCCT in 2019.

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