Meet our Federation MFL Consultant and Lead Practitioner: MFL Course Lead

David Shanks

David Shanks

Federation MFL Consultant and Lead Practitioner: MFL Course Lead

When will you see David?

As a Modern Foreign Languages trainee teacher, David will be at each specialist MFL training day and as a visiting observer in some of your lessons. As MFL Consultant and Lead Practitioner, David leads on raising attainment and the profile of languages across the Federation, as well as coordinating the MFL-specific aspects of the Harris School Direct programme.


Prior to completing his PGCE in French at the Institute of Education, David taught English in France, as well as Maths and ICT in Norway.  He has experience of teaching to pre-school, primary and university-level students.  He has worked in a range of schools, from challenging inner city London schools to a flagship academy and a top-rated international school.  His previous positions include Director of Initial Teacher Training, Head of MFL, Head of Maths, NQT Co-ordinator, Professional Mentor and Subject Mentor.  He also works for Teach First as a summer Associate Tutor and is regularly invited to the Institute of Education to deliver MFL specific sessions. David is passionate about lifelong learning, sharing best practice and initial teacher training.  His key interests lie in technology in the classroom, behaviour management, streamlining AFL and the use of film and creativity.

Avoir une autre langue, c'est posséder une deuxième âme.
To have another language is to possess a second soul.