Kati Szeless MA, director of New CiLT and primary languages consultant, is a former national Languages Teaching Adviser with CiLT, the National Centre for Languages and CfBT Education Trust. She is the author of the British Council’s Primary Languages Starter Pack and the French Teacher’s Pack published by Last Word Resources. She is currently working on a research project funded by the Education Endowment Fund investigating the effects of foreign language learning on first language literacy. Kati has also studied for her PQSI.
Kati has a background in primary education and taught in inner-London and West Sussex schools for twelve years as a class teacher, primary languages coordinator and lead teacher for Literacy. She joined CILT, the National Centre for Languages, as a teaching adviser in 2003 where she co-wrote the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, the new QCA schemes of work for KS2 and Asset Languages’ Making and Marking Progress assessment tool as well as leading the development and content of CILT’s primary languages website. When CILT merged with CfBT in 2011, Kati worked as an education adviser with teaching schools across the country on the DfE-funded Languages Support Programme.
Born and raised in Brighton, Kati has been closely involved with both her local universities. She has taught at Brighton University on their 4-year primary teacher programme and studied at Sussex for her Master’s degree in education research identifying links between first and second language literacy skills.
Having a Hungarian father ensured that languages have always been a fundamental part of Kati’s life. One of the greatest pleasures in her career as a teacher, adviser and consultant has been the opportunity to work with inspirational teachers across the country who are committed to making language learning a central, successful and exciting part of the primary curriculum.