Monday, 2 December 2013


TOUR DE FRANCE CULTURAL FESTIVAL The Flying Theatre Company have submitted
a bid to The Grand DepartCultural Festival to
developa new performance to celebrate
the Tour De France visiting Yorkshire in July 2014.
If the bid is successful ' Vive Le Tour!' will be performed
in schools along the tour route during the 100 days
countdown to the Grand Depart.
Many schools have already contacted us in support of the project.
'Vive Le Tour!’ will then tour nationally giving some 30,000 students the opportunity to benefit from it in 2014/15.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Focus on French

Is this the start of a new dawn for language learning?
We would all like to think so.

With 177,288 GCSE entries in 2013 French remains the most popular language taken by students. This is an increase in uptake of 15.5%. This increase in entries is thought to be due to the EBacc performance measure. Would it be totally unrealistic to hope that students , and their families, are finally beginning to see the world of opportunity that can open up to them with the addition of a modern foreign language ?

As ambassadors for the French language we hope the known benefits we extoll are reaching young people and this increased interest in French can be sustained. Cultural awareness and interests, the ever- increasing popularity of city breaks and gap- year travel are all excellent reasons to encourage our protégées to embrace the French language.

The obvious benefit of hugely enlarged employment opportunities for French speaking individuals can be seriously underestimated by students. Not only could they gain employment in one of 33 countries, where French is the official language but, only today, on one website alone, I have seen an additional 482 jobs in London and the UK available to fluent French speakers

Apart from occasionally passing on such facts to our students and constantly seeking new and exciting teaching methods and activities, how else can we motivate their learning?

 Approx. 360 French teachers and 30,000 students from 120 schools each year choose to focus classroom learning by hosting our live French theatre performance in their school.

Building on the quote from the National Curriculum‘ learners who enjoy learning progress ‘ Bon Voyage, the new production currently touring the UK, is gathering excellent reviews from teachers – I quote

 “Not one pupil was without a smile on their face and the interaction encouraged the children to take part. The language they learnt was very topical to their studies and I am sure the memories of the show will stay with them forever.”

And “Fantastic Play and great acting! The students understood more than they thought and a lot of words are part of their curriculum in French. I am sure it will inspire a lot of students in French in the classroom and beyond!”

Inspiration - we all need it !

For content, details, dates for your area etc. contact Debbie

Interesting links 


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Employers need language skills

76% of employers were “not satisfied with young peoples language skills” -  a survey by the CBI on Business Priorities for Education and Skills identified.
The major European language most in demand by businesses’ of all sizes and sectors across the UK is French - leading by a huge 61%.
“Languages for Jobs” states “without languages, individuals are disadvantaged in their ability to take up opportunities for training or employment abroad”
Currently hundreds of Primary School Head Teachers from across the UK are commenting on the importance of primary languages in a report for the government led by CILT ( the National Centre for Languages). They include comments such as  “English is not the only lanuage in the world”  to “ Life chances in a global community” . It is hoped the report will encourage the continuation of teaching languages at primary school – many believe it is essentail to start languages as young as possible when children are at their most receptive and before they become self conscious.  
If you need further evidence to support funding for languages in your school / area use links below.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Hello all

Hello world. The flying theatre has joined the global community of bloggers. Here we hope to keep everyone up to date with our travels and adventures as we fly from one venue to the next. keep checking in to hear and see news live from the road. Cheers