Advice and guidance for languages teachers

This page is aimed at secondary languages teachers, heads of department or those with responsibility for an individual language within their school. It aims to support your own knowledge and practice and to help you to develop colleagues in your department.

Programmes of Study and Assessment Guidance

Information to inform curriculum planning

Implementing the English  Baccalaureate (EBacc)

The EBacc comprises the core academic subjects that the vast majority of young people should have the opportunity to study to age 16. To enter the EBacc, pupils must take up to eight GCSEs across five subject ‘pillars’.

Teaching Schools Council Modern Languages Pedagogy Review

Language Trends Survey

The annual Language Trends report is a survey of primary and secondary schools in England, designed to gather information about the current situation for language teaching and learning.  Explore the 2019 report.

Teacher and ITT mentor standards

National Standards for school-based initial teacher training (ITT) mentors

A key recommendation in the 2015 Carter Review was for a set of national standards to be developed to help bring greater coherence and consistency to the school-based mentoring arrangements for trainee teachers.  In response, the Government commissioned the Teaching Schools Council to develop standards for school-based ITT mentors, with the key aim of helping to promote the importance of the role and create a better shared understanding of the characteristics of effective mentoring across the ITT sector. Read the standards here.

Reports on language teaching and learning and global skills

Keeping abreast of language sector developments

Interesting schemes to engage with



Find out about the International Schools Award

Find out about hosting a Language Assistant

Access free training modules and wikis for your own professional development and to train members of your department

Themed training modules for KS2/KS3 teachers

Themed wikis for KS2/3 teachers

View ALL's KS2 Co-ordinator's Handbook

View ALL's KS2-3 Transition Toolkit

ALL Member benefits for secondary teachers

ALL's local networks

ALL's networks in local areas offer CPD events and informal opportunities to share ideas, resources and good practice

ALL's sector networks

ALL's professional sector networks for your to engage with

Join the Secondary Special Interest Group

As an ALL member, why not engage with the Secondary Special Interest Group?

Invest in CPD by attending Language World

Language World is the Association for Language Learning's flagship annual conference.

Language World offers delegates a single or two day learning and networking experience unlike any other in the country. The programme consists of key notes, major talks and workshop sessions, offering delegates an opportunity through a broad programme, the opportunity to truly tailor their conference to meet their own professional needs or those of a languages department.

Additionally it offers a fantastic exhibition with adequate time for delegates built into the programme to explore what's new on the market, new opportunities to develop and practice a language and build intercultural awareness to benefit their learners, as well as boost and refresh their own skills.

Further information will be added in September 2019.

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