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Language teachers set up on their own after redundancy from Kirklees College.

Language teachers set up on their own after redundancy from Kirklees College. LANGUAGE teachers made redundant by Kirklees College have set up their own school. The seven women lost their jobs after cut-backs at the college earlier this year. But the teachers have now set up on their own – offering classes in five languages in venues across Huddersfield. Raffaella Hinchliffe, 40, taught Italian at the college for 12 years before losing her job this year. The Golcar woman said: “I really enjoyed my job, I felt I was doing really well. “I used to work all around Huddersfield – at Almondbury High School, Shelley College, Greenhead College and Huddersfield New College.” Raffaella and six colleagues, who were also made redundant, have started up on their own. She said: “We wanted to take all our experience and passion and carry on bringing languages to the people of Huddersfield.”…..

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Teachers at Huddersfield Language School celebrate third anniversary

Former Kirklees College lecturers struck out on their own after redundancy

Chris Sun, Raffaella Hinchliffe, Mako Byram, Annick Helliwell, Marina Breslin, Laurence Dickinson, Ros Tyler and Gillian Leah at Cathedral House, Huddersfield
There were congratulations in many foreign tongues for teachers at a language school, who celebrated their third anniversary since setting out on their own.
And the enterprising eight-strong Huddersfield Language School team said they were going ‘from strength to strength’ as they revealed further plans for expansion.

It is great news for the group, most of whom were made redundant in 2011 when Kirklees College closed its language department.

Since leaving their jobs the team has successfully built up a strong reputation in community venues and homes around the area.

Following increased demand they now plan to start offering two new courses in Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese, on top of the six languages they already teach. They are also on the look out for a new French teacher.

Spanish teacher Ros Tyler said: “It has been great to have the independence of setting our own courses but also keep coming together to keep the support going that we had at Kirklees College, which has been beneficial for us all.

“Having come from the proscriptive environment of the college, we are happy to now be able to be flexible with classes and have more time in which to teach.
“And being able to offer new classes is a very exciting development for us.”

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