Advice for head teachers and governors
ALL offers information, guidance, peer-to-peer support and CPD events to primary and secondary language teachers through its networks around the country.
Here you can find support to help you introduce or develop primary languages in your school, and advice on integrating language learning into the curriculum.
Carrying out a languages audit
Use the languages audit tool (available to download here in word format: Primary Languages Audit Form and in pdf format: Primary Languages Audit Form) to find out what languages are spoken amongst your staff and how confident they are. Use the results to inform your action plan. Once you have decided on the language to teach, look at the resources on this website to help you begin.There may be providers in your local area (for example ALL Primary Hubs, teaching alliances, your local authority, or Network for Languages) who can help you with training and development to plan your first lessons in languages.
The Expert Subject Advisory Group (ESAG) for Modern Foreign Languages has created an advice document on Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages in primary schools. ALL’s Primary Steering Group has now put together a discussion guide ‘Assessment for ALL‘ to allow individuals or groups of teachers to explore the issues raised.
Advice on introducing and developing primary languages
Developing language in the primary school: literacy and primary languages
An all- encompassing look at languages in the primary school, covering everything a head teacher would need to consider when introducing languages into the primary classroom. Published in 2009 by the then DCSF,it contains a wealth of useful advice, but should now be read in conjunction with guidance on the new National Curriculum (2014).
Professional Development Consortium for Modern Languages
Eight key principles of teaching and learning languages.
KS2 Framework for Languages
Primary Languages (archived site)
For advice on primary language inspections, please read the annual report of the Chief Inspector of Education 2016. (Paragraphs 62-65.)
Julie Yarwood, former Ofsted lead for Modern Foreign Languages, outlines her expectations for foreign language in primary schools in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al4rd2pgzL0
Language specific support
Consejería de educación
Advice on Integrated Language Learning
Listen to Linda Dupret, Head Teacher at a Brighton primary school
FLAME (Future for Languages as a Medium of Education)
FLAME is ALL’s initiative providing support, advice and a forum for those interested in combining languages with other subjects or bilingual learning.
Recommendations for further guidance
These resources have been recommended by members of the DfE Expert Panel and members of the ALL Primary Special Interest group. There are some well-known sites, some which are popular with individual members and some offline resources.