The Open University:
The Open University is a distance learning and research university founded by Royal Charter. The Department of Languages is part of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies, which encompasses four programme areas: Language Studies; Childhood, Youth and Education; Arts and Humanities; and Psychology. In 2009/10 there were almost 29,000 registered students, covering ten degrees, including four Foundation Degrees. Around half of these were studying languages, linguistics and English language, with the most popular areas for study in French, Spanish and Children’s Literature. The OU is also the foremost provider of distance teacher education in the UK and has built on this expertise to pursue a mission in the developing world with projects such as the Queen’s Anniversary prize-winning Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Pembroke College Oxford:
Pembroke College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford, and has a particular strength in both European and Oriental languages. The LCLC forms part of Pembroke College’s ongoing access programme, and is one of several subject centres developed by the College, including a Theology and Religious Studies Centre in Ashton-under-Lyne, and a Science Centre in South Cheshire. Operating out of hub partner schools or colleges, Pembroke Subject Centres deliver academic activities in subjects perceived to be non-vocational, including seminars, lectures and summer schools. All attract university and industry experts and reach students and teachers from wider geographical areas. Find out more
information about Pembroke’s access activities here.
Westminster Academy opened in September 2006, sponsored by Sir Naim Dangoor through the Exilarch’s Foundation. The Academy is a non-selective Outstanding International Business and Enterprise academy for students aged 11–19. Its Sixth Form offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Westminster Academy has a particular strength in the field of languages, with a wide range of European and Oriental languages taught at the academy, including support for students taking qualifications in mother tongues. The LCLC’s move to Westminster Academy is generously supported by Dangoor Family through the Exilarch’s Foundation.
The London Schools Excellence Fund:
The Mayor’s £24 million London Schools Excellence Fund supports teaching excellence in London to deliver a world class education in a world class city. It
helps students achieve better results through expert teaching, improved subject knowledge, and subject specific learning methods. The fund is part of the Mayor’s Education Programme and alongside the London Schools Gold Club and London Curriculum aims to boost standards in the capital’s schools. It was set up with £20 million from the Department for Education and £4.25 million from the Greater London Authority. The fund is currently supporting 100 projects, working with almost 800 schools across London on literacy, numeracy, STEM subjects and languages.