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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.

Your school may wish to set up or be part of an ALL Primary Hub, a support group run by teachers for teachers, operating in local areas. Alternatively you can find out if there is a Primary Hub near to your school. Attendance is open to all ALL members.

Statutory Guidance

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.


For ideas, strategies and resources for the smooth transition between KS2 and KS3, read the Transition Toolkit.  For more fantastic resources head to the ALL Connect Blog.  


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
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

Professional Development Consortium for Modern Languages

Eight key principles of teaching and learning languages.

KS2 Framework for Languages

KS2 Framework for Languages: support and guidance on organisation, staffing, timetabling, partnerships, managing teaching, progression, transition and more.

Primary Languages Case Study

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:

Headteacher Update

Language specific support

Website for the German cultural institute based in London with a short video about including German in the primary curriculum, a scheme of work, training courses and more.
Consejería de educación
The Education Department of the Spanish Embassy in the UK offers individual hands-on workshops or presentations, full immersion days and other training activities for teachers, held in collaboration with education agencies.
Institut français
The Institut français can help with teaching resources, teacher training, and activities at the Institut français in French or about France. You can also find out more about organising a French exam in your school, the French teaching assistant and mobility programmes, as well as partnerships with French schools.
Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation Primary Japanese Campaign 2014: events, workshops, information and funding to support primary schools and teachers offering, or aspiring to offer, Japanese language lessons for their pupils

Advice on Integrated Language Learning

Listen to Linda Dupret, Head Teacher at a Brighton primary school
Linda Dupret, Head Teacher at St. Paul’s Church of England Nursery & Primary School in Brighton, talks about developing a bilingual approach to languages in her school and the benefits it has brought with it.
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.

Learn more

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.

The DFE Expert Panel was set up to oversee the National Curriculum review back in 2011.

SCILT: Scotland’s National Centre for Languages at the University of Strathclyde offers advice and support on languages
How to host a primary Language Assistant

Access a world of learning, collaboration and culture

Everything you need to bring the world into your classroom

Education Scotland: online support for languages teaching in Scottish schools developed by Scottish CILT and Learning & Teaching Scotland for modern and classical languages

Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

Professional development courses, training and support for practitioners

Creating opportunities for the UK across Europe

Primary language teachers

Advice and guidance for primary language teachers

Jobs board

Find the latest vacancies in languages education via the ALL jobs board.

Primary language coordinators

Advice and guidance for primary language coordinators