Advice and guidance for secondary language heads of department

This page is aimed at secondary languages heads of department or those with responsibility for an individual language within their school. The information on this page will support your own knowledge and practice. It also aims to support you to develop the colleagues in your department.
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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 Language Trends Survey is an annual survey of the state of languages in primary and secondary schools in England. In 2016/17 there was an additional survey relating to Wales.

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. The Carter Review was clear that mentoring should have greater status and recognition, within schools and within the ITT system as a whole, and that the qualities of effective mentors should be better understood across the system.

In response to Carter’s recommendation, 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 in your school

Access free training modules and wikis 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 professional networks in local areas offer CPD events and informal opportunities to get together with like-minded practitioners to share ideas, resources and good practice

ALL's Jobs board

Find the latest vacancies in languages education via the ALL Jobs Board.

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?

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