Mr Steve Winter, Deputy Headteacher at Bethany School
Bethany School have been delighted to work with Dragon’s in Europe as our partners in introducing and delivering Mandarin this year. The quality of their Programme is excellent and our Year 7 pupils have really enjoyed their learning experience with the lessons being delivered to an outstanding standard. The pupils have particularly enjoyed the interactive online resources which form the basis of much of their prep and have made excellent progress as a result. We have been delighted with the support that Dragon’s in Europe provide for their teacher and the school and we have been impressed with their highly professional approach. They are proactive in managing and monitoring the quality of delivery. Furthermore, we have been so pleased with how the Programme has gone this year we will be adding to the Year 8 curriculum next year for all pupils.
Mrs Tanja M Russell, Head of MFL at Kingston Grammar School
Dragons in Europe, led by Marcus Reoch, have been providing Mandarin lessons as part of the MFL curriculum at Kingston Grammar School since 2013. The thorough planning and structure of the Mandarin course, the provision of materials, textbooks workbooks and online resources, and most of all the professionalism and enthusiasm by Marcus and his team have meant, that Mandarin very quickly established itself as an integral part of the MFL Department at KGS. Pupils have been studying the language enthusiastically and are motivated to continue to IGCSE level. I have been impressed with the teachers as well as the resources and the fun way in which the Mandarin curriculum has been delivered to our pupils. The seamless integration in the curriculum, the detailed feedback on pupils’ progress and performance and the quality of the resources used are important factors in the success of Mandarin at our school and I look forward to continuing our relationship with Dragons in Europe for many years to come.
Lin Proctor, Raising Aspirations Director at Pimlico Academy
Dragons in Europe is an exemplary provider of Mandarin teaching. I have worked with them for more than six years and the results they have achieved teaching young people in a non-selective comprehensive in Inner London have been spectacular. The quality of the curriculum, the outstanding nature of their teaching and their ability to work seamlessly within a school’s timetable are all factors that have contributed to that success. Every year pupils achieved some of the highest results for Mandarin in external exams across England.
The opportunity for young people from less advantaged backgrounds to learn a language, that historically is only offered at highly selective or independent schools, will undoubtedly improve their life chances as they progress beyond school.
Rosalynd Kamaryc, Principal at Queen’s Gate
I am pleased to write in support of Dragons in Europe. At Queen’s Gate, we employed them to introduce Mandarin to our Junior School in January 2015 and it was such an outstanding success that in September 2015, this was extended further in the Junior School and also introduced in Years 7 and 9 in the Senior School. In September 2016, Mandarin teaching will be further extended to GCSE in Year 10.
Dragons in Europe have been very well received – the staff are knowledgeable, approachable and have very good classroom presence. They make the lessons fun, whilst ensuring that the girls learn. The enthusiasm of the girls is outstanding – they really enjoy the lessons and also the interactive resources outside class. When asked why they enjoy Mandarin, the girls say that it is very different from other languages and they love the lessons – and the teachers.
From a School’s point of view, Dragons in Europe is a very good company to work with. They respond quickly to any query and are very accommodating with times of lessons and requests. They provide a very good service, including the writing of reports and attendance at Parents’ Evening. They fit seamlessly into our School routine and provide “value for money”. I recommend Dragons in Europe to you without reservation.
David Sheppard, Executive Headteacher at Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools
Dragons in Europe is the most effective language teaching scheme in England; not just the most effective Chinese language teaching scheme. The scheme inspires young people, makes sure they are successful and provides a rigorous examination structure that ensures the young people become real speakers, readers and writers of Chinese. It is particularly effective for pupils whose primary language is English. The flexible, innovatory way Dragons in Europe works with schools means that it is equally engaging in the highest performing schools as it is in those with the greatest social challenge. Around 500 pupils from age 11 to 16 have successfully completed either ISEB or GCSE courses at the Charter School (my former school, where Mandarin was introduced on curriculum). The focus of the curriculum and teaching offered by Dragons is always on highly proficient and confident speakers readers and writers of Mandarin.
I have had the benefit of seeing Dragons work in two very different schools in London. In both schools Dragons had a positive, transformational impact – not just on the pupils studying Mandarin but on the culture of the school. Dragons provided excitement, innovation and aspiration to the curriculum and the young people.
Philippa Millward, Head of MFL at Queen’s College (Harley Street)
I really have enjoyed working with you and Dragons and have appreciated your thoroughly professional approach. The teachers you have sent us and the service you have provided have been top notch!
Sarah Fletcher, Headteacher at City of London School
We very much enjoy working with “Dragons in Europe”. They have been nothing other than flexible and professional in their dealings with City of London School, cooperating with us to ensure a dynamic and effective introduction to Mandarin for all our First Form pupils. We are now embarking on the GCSE course and we have every confidence that Marcus and his team will support us successfully. The structure, pace and demands of the course have been carefully planned and the team has worked well in our highly-selective, academic environment. I first came across Marcus when I was Head of Kingston Grammar School. He set up Mandarin teaching for us there too and was a pleasure to work with.
Dina Hamalis, Academic Director, Sarum Hall
With guidance from Marcus and the excellent teachers at Dragons in Europe, we introduced Mandarin into our curriculum in Years 4 and 5 six years ago. It has very much complimented and extended our Modern Foreign Language curriculum. The teachers are fantastic, inspiring the girls to learn through the online resources and painting a picture of the Chinese culture. The girls have done incredibly well in the ISEB Common Entrance exams at the end of the programme in Year 5. They are confident speakers, readers and writers of Mandarin. All of the girls from Nursery to Year 6 have also enjoyed learning about the traditions of the Chinese New Year by taking part in interactive workshops run by Dragons.
Christian Hicks, Headteacher, The Charter School
Dragons in Europe strongly encouraged The Charter School to bring Mandarin Chinese into the Year 7 curriculum back in 2010. Since then, the language has grown dramatically in interest and it is now taught by Dragons in Europe teachers from Year 7 up to Year 11 at which point they sit the GCSE. We have always very much enjoyed working with Dragons in Europe and found their teaching staff and teaching materials to meet all the high expectations of both our pupils and parents.
Dr Lianyi, China & Inner Asia Department, SOAS University of London
I am pleased that Dragons in Europe has grown from strength to strength
over the years. What is special about the development of Dragons in Europe is its connection with SOAS where I teach. Our current and past pupils of Chinese have worked for Dragons and they continue to attract our pupils, providing them with an alternative way of combining their Chinese language learning and gaining valuable work experience where their Chinese language skills play an important role. Their experience may open a new channel for their future career development.