Resources for learning and teaching a variety of subjects, including French, Geography, History, Creative Writing and Art, are accessible in the ACTIVITIES section of this website.

In the LEARN section we provide resources that have been created for use on specific teaching programmes as indicated in the white teaching boxes below. These resources can be adapted by teaching professionals for use on  other programmes and at different learning levels. 

AS and A Level Teaching Materials

The Savineau Project team is currently developing learning materials based on the digitised archive in response to new governmental guidelines on the use of authentic materials in the revised post 2016 curricula for AS- and A-Level Geography, French and History. 

We are building up a collaborative network of schools and teaching professionals through our PGCE programme at Chester, and we are now expanding this to include learning and teaching environments located in other parts of England and Wales and abroad. If you are a teacher or school interested in becoming involved, please contact us using the form on the Contact page.

Teachers’ interactive space to discuss your lesson plans

French: AS and A Level Teaching Materials

Guidance on developing teaching materials for AS/A level French is being provided by the Faculty of Education and Children Services at the University of Chester. We are grateful to the programme directors of the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages for their support and participation. In addition, the project is benefitting from the university’s established network of schools participating in PGCE teaching placements. We are currently building up a collaborative network with schools in our region and further afield. If you are not yet in this network and are interested in joining please get in touch through the CONTACT page.

Click below for a PowerPoint presentation, provided in English and French, given by given by project members to PGCE students in Modern Languages at the University of Chester. The presentation provides a broad introduction to the Savineau Report that you could use with students at various levels, while being aimed particularly at AS and A Level. You will also find an example of the new curriculum specifications for French (WJEC ) in PDF format.

In addition to the written materials within the lesson plans, you will find below a curated selection of French videos on the topic of female youth literacy in Francophone West Africa. Research materials and findings on this topic are accessible under RESEARCH.

Au Mali, 3% des jeunes filles scolarisées entrent à l’université – une animation

(Studio Tamani, sponsorisé par Fondation Hirondelle, 2018)

Geography: AS and A Level Teaching Materials

We are developing a number of lesson plans and teaching materials to meet the requirements of the new  AS/A level Geography. The materials are drawn from both historic and contemporary sources. The archival sources can be accessed on this website on the SAVINEAU REPORT page. Contemporary sources are accessible on global open access platforms and on our website. 


 AS/A Level Geography: 4 in-class student activities using the Savineau Report archive  

AS/A Level Geography: Mapping through Music lesson plan Mapping-through-music-lesson-plan

Resources: current research project in Area Studies

“Francophone Africa and the Equality Challenge: is the literate world still a man’s world?” Principal investigator: Prof C H Griffiths, Chair of Area Studies and Professor of French, University of Chester, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UK.

The infographics below have been produced for the project by Dr Monika Kukolova to illustrate the results of the research being conducted at the University of Chester under the direction of Prof Claire H Griffiths.  The working title of this project is ‘Francophone Africa and the Equality Challenge’ because it is asking questions about equality issues in current development targets in this region. Here it is focusing on inequality in education. Low levels of  literacy is recognised in West Africa as a huge challenge, but there are signs that the situation for girls is worsening in countries of the Sahel bordering the Sahara desert as they witness rising levels of violence and instability. The number of girls who are learning to read and write at school in the French-speaking or ‘Francophone’ countries in the Sahel region of West Africa is already considerably lower than the number of boys. At the moment millions of young women across the region have not been given the kind of sustained quality education that enables them to read a book, write an  email, or clearly comprehend content written in national or international languages (English, French, modern Arabic etc) on the internet. Life for these girls and young women is fundamentally different from the lives of young people around the world who are communicating with friends, family and colleagues every hour of every day through written language across multiple digital media. This exclusion from the global world limits  choices and future opportunities. The infographics focus on girls and young women aged 15 to 24. They use the latest available data from the United Nations as well as from the  countries in the region that are reporting on how many girls and young women have gained the skills required to meet the UN’s definition of  ‘basic language literacy’, and how many have not.  The infographics highlight the extent to which the latter outnumber the former.

Questions the team are exploring when discussing these data include looking at the targetting of development spending on education. It also asks what is the average age when girls are getting and having children? Is there a correlation between literacy and age at marriage? How does violence and instability affect school attendance? Will the impact of violence and instability be different for boys and girls? Is literacy a human right? The African Union has decided it is. Regarding the practicalities of working and studying in unstable and dangerous areas, are there ways to delivery literacy training that might work well in this situation? Join the discussion in class and let us know what you think using the CONTACT page.

Si vous préférez lire ces informations et participer dans la discussion en français, veuillez contacter l’équipe par la messagerie sur la page CONTACT, et consulter les informations en français sur la page RESEARCH

Please click on the text below the thumbprint to open the infographic

History: GCSE and A Level Teaching Guidelines

The primary and secondary resources featured on FrancophoneAfricaArchive.org can be fruitfully used by history teachers in the classroom and are in line with  government guidelines and sample curricula at both GCSE and A Level. A resource of particular value in the teaching of colonisation and the making of the British Empire is the slave voyages database at Emory University www.slavevoyages.org

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 History: National Curriculum Requirements

Remembering Atlantic Slavery AV teaching resources