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Head Start 2010

On 17th March the Japan Foundation’s annual ‘Head Start’ event was held, offering advice to curriculum planners and language teachers about how they can introduce Japanese language classes and cultural activities in their schools.

Workshops were held on resources, accreditation and support available from various organisations. There was also a tour of the Japan Foundation library, an introduction to the Japanese language and culture and another session providing a taster Japanese language class for the delegates to experience.

Participants were also treated to presentations from Helen Gilhooly, Senior Director of Aldercar Community Language College, Nottingham, and Garry Ratcliffe, Executive Headteacher of Oakfield Community Primary School, Kent. They spoke about how Japanese had been introduced at their own schools and the challenges and benefits it had brought with it.

If you would like more information about the support available for schools wishing to introduce Japanese then please don’t hesitate to contact us, or alternatively go to our FAQs page.