Mrs Sarah Schechter

Director at Routes into Languages East


Following many years of EFL teaching, followed by many more in EFL Management (strategic and operational), as Director of EFL, Head of English Language Studies and Director of Languages Enterprise, with a BA in French with Russian, a Postgraduate Diploma in TEFL and an Applied Linguistics MA, Sarah, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has come full circle and for the past 14 years has been working in languages, first as Comenius East Regional Manager (regional branch of CILT, the National Centre for Languages) then as Routes into Languages East Project Manager. The former involved liaison with teachers from KS1 through to adult learning, as well as working in areas as varied as events management, government lobbying, language advisory service and educational consultancy for primary, secondary, adult and lifelong language learning. The latter involved working on a government–funded project to enthuse and motivate 14-19 year olds to continue studying languages, liaising with teachers to develop and deliver innovative, creative projects. Three of these, Languages Challenge, Language on Film and the National Spelling Bee won European Language Label Awards. Routes East Language & Sport projects were awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark and the Spelling Bee received a special commendation in 2016 from the Chartered Institute of Linguists. In 2014 Rachel Hawkes and Sarah were awarded a Joint European Language Label Award for Outstanding Contribution to Languages, 2014. In 2016 when government funding for Routes into Languages ended, Sarah decided to try and keep all the projects going as a freelance enterprise, promoting herself to Director of Routes into Languages East and working on other projects (project management, consultancy, evaluation etc), such as the MEITS Student Language Ambassador Programme and TSST. In 2017 she was awarded a Bye Fellowship at Murray Edwards College at Cambridge University, so Routes East has a home and the journey continues…