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March 2014
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There are now only one and a half terms left before you're obliged to teach a foreign language as a formal part of your KS2 curriculum. 

September 2014 is approaching fast. 


November 2013
DfE clarification on Secondary School Accountability measures - EBacc and Languages

The Government has confirmed revisions to secondary school accountability measures, and there has been some confusion around the Ebacc and Languages. For clarification see:


October 2013

Recent Ofsted good practice case studies on modern foreign languages:


July 2013
Primary Languages Update

The Government has removed the list of prescribed languages for Key Stage 2, enabling schools to make their own decisions. The DFE has also published updated drafts of the Programmes of Study for Key Stages 2 and 3 in their latest national curriculum framework document:

The final version of the framework states: “The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.” But this freedom does not prevent teachers from also developing exciting and stimulating lessons in the compulsory curriculum.

The updated Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for languages remains short and to the point, and lists 12 things that ‘pupils should be taught’. Almost all are CLIL-friendly, ( cross curricular) including:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

Just one bullet point relates to grammar, which could be taught separately using structures relevant to the cross-curricular lessons, or integrated with them.

 Two other requirements that might not always feature in a CLIL lesson are:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymesand link the spelling, sound and meaning of words, and
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language 

But  these could be cross curricular for example: scientific stories SEAL songs, PE poems and RE rhymes?



New Ofsted Languages Subject Guidance

The new languages subject guidance has just been published to match the new Ofsted framework. The message about the use of target language by students is very clear.

Generic Grade Descriptors and Supplementary Subject-specific Guidance for Inspectors on Making Judgements During Subject Survey Visits to Schools (October 2012)


September 2012 - KS2-3
Languages in Key Stage 2 to become Statutory from 2014

Letter from County MFL Adviser to Secondary Heads to update on developments in Primary Languages and to highlight the key implications of these for Secondary schools.



Strategic Learning Networks

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News from ALL

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Information about Foreign Language Assistants

  • FLA's work from 1 October to 31 May. FLAs must work a total of 12 hours. You can negotiate for them to work extra hours for extra pay on their arrival if so they wish - and they usually do!
  • FLA's are entitled to a full day off each week.
  • If you share an assistant, please plan their timetable carefully so that travelling is kept to a minimum.
  • If shared, only the host school receives the FLA’s dossier. Please get in touch with your partner school to let them know what is going on. Please contact the assistant before the summer holidays to avoid any unnecessary anxiety and sort out some temporary accommodation.
  • In the case of shared assistants they should spend their first two weeks in the host school to have more of a chance to settle in.
  • Assistants should be allowed a period of 3 to five days’ observation.
  • Assistants should not take sole responsibility for whole classes and should not be responsible for marking pupils’ work.
  • Finally, it is the responsibility of the host school to find some accommodation for the assistant.