Welcome to the first in a new series of blogs from the Herts for Languages team.  We will provide you with a regular round-up of the latest language learning and teaching news, ideas for the classroom and features on best practice in Languages.  We aim to cover all key stages and a broad range of languages.  If you have anything you would like to tell us about, please get in touch!  Are you ready for Rio?  As a free gift for the end of term, you are invited to download our award-winning Olympic resource for KS2 – KS4 French by visiting the website.

Wishing you all a very relaxing summer!

Best wishes

Jackie Rayment, Languages Adviser for Herts for Learning

Yvonne Kennedy, Independent Consultant

It has been a busy year for the Languages team at Herts for Learning. We have completed another round of consultancy and training in all key stages across Hertfordshire and beyond.

The Primary Languages Quality Mark ™ has gathered pace nationally and we have had to recruit additional assessors to cope with demand. For further information, see the overview and FAQs on the Herts for Learning Grid. The cost of the PLQM (including support pack, assessment and certification) is £350.  Schools applying for the PLQM also receive a discount on the Progression and Assessment pack (see below).

Our new KS2 Progression and Assessment resource is being adopted by more and more schools and we are currently working with primary schools in Hertfordshire on an exciting assessment project feature in the June edition of The Exchange. Read more here. [download PDF and upload to the blog].  The pack costs £100 (or £50 for schools that have applied for the PLQM).

As part of Herts for Learning’s commitment to promoting spontaneous student talk, we have developed a Target Language in the Classroom Key Stage 2 Languages resource pack. This pack is designed to help teachers become familiar with and use a range of simple, high-frequency target language structures that will generate pupil response. The cost of the pack (which includes a CD of sound files) is only £30.

Look out for details next term of our Strategic Learning Networks for Languages and our new cross-phase project ‘The Language Experiment’ (STEM and Languages).

New GCSE and A Level Specifications from September

As the summer term draws rapidly to a close, we take a look status of the new specifications from September.

On 4th July, the Department for Education issued an update from OFQUAL showing which specifications from exam boards have been accredited for teaching from September 2016.

GCSE AQA OCR Pearson/Edexcel WJEC/Eduqas
Classical Greek
French
German
Latin
Spanish

 

A Level AQA OCR Pearson/Edexcel WJEC/Eduqas
Classical Greek
French
German
Latin
Spanish

 

AS Level AQA OCR Pearson/Edexcel WJEC/Eduqas
Classical Greek
French
German
Latin
Spanish

 

Key information
Specification accredited
Exam board is not submitting a specification for this subject
‘submission received’ Awaiting and accreditation decision

The original text and full summary can be viewed here.

If you are still undecided about exam boards for next year, here is the HfL Comparative Overview for GCSE_July2016 produced by the Herts for Learning team might help.  Please note that since this document was published OCR gave notice of withdrawal of French, German and Spanish GCSE, AS and A Levels in an official statement on its website.

In April this year, Nicky Morgan published a statement safeguarding the future of community languages at GCSE and A Level.  As a result of those discussions the following languages will continue at GCSE and A level:

Arabic Bengali Biblical Hebrew Portuguese
Modern Greek Japanese Panjabi Turkish
Gujarati Modern Hebrew Polish Urdu

The Department for Education Press Release (22 April 2016) confirmed that Pearson and AQA will be working to develop new GCSEs and A Levels meet the new standards, ready for first teaching in 2017 (GCSE) and 2018 (AS and A Level).

Languages and the Referendum

If MFL teachers need help answering questions from students regarding the importance of language learning following the vote to leave the EU, the link below may provide some useful material.

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