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Advice and guidance for primary language coordinators

This page is intended for primary co-ordinators. Here you can find information and advice to help you manage the teaching of primary languages in the curriculum, including schemes of work, recent publications and a selection of professional networks.

With the vast number of resources available on the internet, comes less quality and content control. It is always worth reviewing any resource before choosing it for your school or using it either for training or in the classroom. DfE advice on child internet safety can be found here.

The Association offers information, guidance, peer-to-peer support and CPD events to primary and secondary language teachers through its networks around the country. You may wish to consider setting up or being part of a Primary Hub, ALL’s support groups for teachers of primary languages.

Programme of Study and Assessment Guidance


Westdene TSA partner schools: user-friendly assessment tools for primary languages

The opportunity to learn a second language from the age of 7, in KS2, became compulsory in September 2014. Many excellent primary Languages programmes of study already exist in schools, but there is a now a need for a coherent yet versatile means of ongoing assessment which will chart pupil progress and provide a simple tool for continuous assessment across KS2 as well as transfer information about Year 6 pupils to pass on to secondary schools.

As part of the DfE funded Languages Support Programme, a group of Westdene TSA partner schools focused on developing
user-friendly assessment tools for primary languages. The group, comprising four primary schools and two secondary schools,
used both local and national frameworks (the Languages Ladder) as a point of reference.
They trialled the frameworks and guidance and have produced the following support materials for primary and secondary

  • Teacher Guidance
  • My Language Learning Record (blank version for pupils)
  • Languages Transition Information Form (blank version for year 6 teachers)

Download the materials in Word format         Download the materials in pdf format


Statement on Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages in primary schools

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.


All Connect Resources

The Association’s All Connect Project provides CPD for teacher’s in KS2 and KS3 to support the current programmes of study for KS2 and KS3.  It includes free on-line training materials and resources for speaking, writing, grammar, transition and progression.  The abundant resources can be downloaded and used in class.



Commercial resources and schemes of work for language coordinators

Primary language resources and opportunities: resources and opportunities from the British Council.

French, German and Spanish schemes of work for young beginners including interactive CD ROMs, big books and online teacher’s guides.

Online games, songs and stories in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and more.

Schemes of work for French and Spanish from Foundation to KS2.

The Catherine Cheater schemes of work in French and Spanish.

Children’s foreign language books and resources.

Template-based authoring software for interactive whiteboards.

A series of multimedia resources to teach PE and Languages in primary schools in French, German and Spanish.

A game which can be used as an assessment tool to support the learning and teaching of foreign languages at primary school.

Bilingual books, software and posters.

Professional Networks

Network for Languages

An independent alliance of universities offering professional development, support and training.  Please visit Network for Languages for more information.


e-Twinning is the community for schools in Europe.  It offers a platform for staff working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate and share projects and learning. To find out more, head to the e-Twinning website.


TDA schemes of work for for primary French, German and Spanish can be found on the CiLT website.  Lesson plans are free to download and can be printed out and used in class.

Local networks

ALL’s professional networks in local areas

Jobs board

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

Sector networks

ALL’s professional sector networks

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