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John Bald

Independent Literacy and Languages Consultant, Former Ofsted Lead Inspector - Panel Member, Review of Subject Content for GCSE Modern Foreign Languages, Department for Education

John has 50 years’ experience of teaching languages and literacy in all types of school and further education. He has written extensively on languages for the TES and Guardian, organised and contributed to conferences in the UK, France and Spain, and had thirteen years’ experience as an Ofsted inspector. He has been a member of the Teaching Schools Council working party on languages pedagogy, the GCSE content working party, the Ofsted languages working group, and the Mandarin excellence programme expert panel. Shortly before the pandemic, he founded the British Associations for the Teaching of French and German. He offers pro bono teaching on languages via his website,