Michael Heseltine-Wells

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Kings' Al Barsha

After graduating in French and Physical Education, Mick taught English as a Foreign Language in France and Italy before completed his PGCE in London. There, he got a job in his second placement school, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, the first academy in England to receive an outstanding grading in all areas. From there, he moved to Ashcroft Academy, another outstanding London school before moving back to his native North West of England to be Lead Teacher for French in the East Manchester Academy, a new start up school. Having established French and Spanish at the school Mick moved to the larger, more established The Hathershaw College, Oldham as Head of Languages. When Mick started at the school GCSE Languages results were 44% A* - C. In 4 years, by the time he left the school to work in Dubai, they were averaging in the 70s. He took the department from being in the worst 10% in the country to the top 20%. He did this by engaging with latest research, setting high expectations, using the shared skill set of the department and linking up with other local outstanding schools. In his current role of Head of MFL in the KHDA graded ‘outstanding’ Kings’ School Al Barsha, Mick is leading on a ‘mastery’ based curriculum for MFL. This includes changing the curriculum, thinking deeply about planning and incorporating meta - cognitive approaches.


Leadership stream

27 February 2020 | 11:30 - 12:00 | Leading Mastery in MFL

I will talk about: What is mastery? What is mastery in MFL? How can we teach and plan for mastery? What practical steps can be put in place? How can we lead these changes through MFL departments?