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Primary Languages Quality Mark

The Primary Languages Quality Mark™ (PLQM) is designed to help primary schools audit, embed and evaluate their foreign language provision through a series of incremental stages that have been developed with the new curriculum for primary languages in mind. It will guide schools towards best practice and help them meet the new national requirements as set out in the Programme of Study for KS2. The current OFSTED Subject-Specific Criteria for Languages have also been taken into account in the level descriptors for the Quality Mark.

You can download an overview of the framework by using the following link:

Schools can apply for the Quality Mark at either Bronze, Silver or Gold level by submitting an evidence-based portfolio. The assessment process does not require long written statements or excessive form-filling; the Quality Mark is awarded for the work that teachers and pupils engage in as part of the primary languages curriculum and does not require any other input other than the gathering of evidence and the submission of the portfolio.

Participating schools can purchase the Quality Mark Support Pack at a cost of £355 plus VAT (which includes assessment) and submit the portfolio when ready. We are pleased to announce that our adjudicating panel includes the well-known Primary Languages Consultant, Catherine Cheater.

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The appeals adjudicator is Liz Black, currently a PGCE tutor, freelance author and consultant. She has been a member of the Association for Language Learning for many years and is on the National Executive Council and the Primary Special Interest Group. She writes a blog ’ Teaching Languages Today’ and is a very well respected national figure who delivers training for primary and secondary teachers and is well known for her creative teaching ideas.

Liz states..."The Primary Languages Quality Mark is impressive and should really help schools"

Primary Languages Quality Mark - FAQ's


If you are interested in participating, please contact

For further information on the Primary Languages Quality Mark, please contact Yvonne Kennedy, MFL Adviser:

Also see guidance on Progression and Assessment in KS2 Languages