Advice and guidance for primary practitioners introducing and developing primary languages
ALL offers advice, information, guidance and peer-to-peer support, alongside access to CPD events through its professional networks around the country
Primary Languages Autumn Supplement
This special supplement is intended for Language Coordinators and Headteachers in Primary Schools. The arrival of the new OFSTED Framework may well be an impetus for you to be looking to make plans for Languages and here we gather together free support and advice available to Primary schools from ALL and from our partners to help you build up your Languages offer.
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.
For statutory guidance, please explore the Programmes of Study for KS2.
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 which 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 in your school, 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 school alliances, your local authority) who can help you with training and development to plan your first lessons in languages.
ALL has produced a useful free publication called the KS2 Co-ordinator's Handbook. This is an accessible read for head teachers and can be found here.
For ideas, strategies and resources for the smooth transition between KS2 and KS3, read the free Transition Toolkit. For more fantastic resources including themed modules for self-directed learning for KS2 teachers of languages, please visit 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.
Language Progression and Assessment at Key Stage 2. Created by the Ensemble project, shared by Therese Comfort and edited by the ALL Primary Steering Group.
Teacher Briefings - Have you read?
The Teacher Briefings collection explores current language learning and teaching topics. Available to members, each briefing provides evidence, good practice and resources to support teachers and schools improve their knowledge, policy and practice in the specific area. Recent briefings include:
- Language Trends 2019
- Ofsted Education Inspection Framework
- School Exchanges and Study Visits
For a taster, explore the Teacher Briefing on Transition.
Roadshows and webinars
'Roadshows' are part of our support for local ALL groups - they are presentations to update local groups on news from ALL, events and projects of interest, along with sector news and resources of interest. Local ALL groups can access the presentations to share with their local group attendees. For summer 2019, we have also piloted a Roadshow webinar.
Languages Today Primary Blogs
Primary language teacher and consultant Clare Seccombe writes our Primary Blog in the Languages Today magazine which is a member benefit of ALL. Explore Clares' recent Primary Blog on writing at KS2.