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The Benchmarks in modern languages provide clarity on the national standards expected from first to fourth curricular level. They draw together and streamline a wide range of previous assessment guidance (including significant aspects of learning, progression frameworks and annotated exemplars) into one key resource to support teachers’ and other practitioners’ professional judgement of children’s and young people’s progress. The Benchmarks will also support consistency in teachers’ professional judgements and will help teachers to ensure that young people achieve the pace of progress they need right across the Broad General Education. The Benchmarks can be accessed on Education Scotland's National Improvement Hub along with Benchmarks exemplification to support practitioners to use the Benchmarks.
Modern Languages in the Broad General Education
Modern Languages are within the Languages area of the curriculum.
Essential reading for Modern Language practitioners can be found on the Curriculum for Excellence - Modern Languages pages from Education Scotland.
You can also download SCILT's Experiences and Outcomes foldout leaflet for Modern Languages (2015).
Further information on the Languages area of the curriculum can be found on Curriculum for Excellence - Languages.
Curriculum for Excellence specifically refers to young people 'developing a knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it'.
Professional Learning Resource for Modern Languages (Education Scotland)
Modern Languages: key aspects of achievement (Education Scotland, 2012)
Curriculum for Excellence documents November 2011 (Education Scotland, 2011)
Experiences and Outcomes overview (Education Scotland, 2011)
Inspection Curriculum advice note (Education Scotland, 2011)
Excellent experiences and outcomes (Jane Renton, Education Scotland Inspector, November 2011)
CfE Modern Languages Framework: Sharing the Standard - 3rd level (Education Scotland, 2009)
CfE Modern Languages Framework: Sharing the Standard - 4th level (Education Scotland, 2009)
Text for group work: Pandas
Text for group work: Un Sac de Billes
Text for group work: School in the francophonie
The following documents are relevant to the 1+2 policy in Primary:
Education Scotland, (July 2016)
These tools are aimed at primary and secondary practitioners and will help practitioners to gauge whether their proposals fulfil the criteria to provide a suitable L3 experience.
Education Scotland, Education Scotland (February 2015)
This document provides guidance on the second additional language (L3) to be introduced by P5 by the latest, as a key element of the 1+2 policy. Learning a further language will give additional opportunities to build on children’s literacy skills so that they develop a greater understanding of how language works.
Education Scotland, Education Scotland (July 2014)
1+2 clarification and recommendations for schools and EAs. July 2014 update.
This paper provides an amendment to Recommendation 8 of the 1+2 report on continuity of L2 and L3 from P5-P7 into S1.
Education Scotland, Education Scotland (June 2014)
Education Scotland has grouped together a number of case studies, identifying the key features common to modern languages departments, where languages are continuing to flourish beyond the Broad General Education (BGE). These highlight a variety of approaches to encourage uptake in the senior phase.
In order to support schools and key languages staff across local authorities in increasing uptake for languages post Broad General Education (BGE), various leaders of languages in this sector were invited to an Education Scotland conversation day to share their expertise on how they have managed to increase uptake in their departments, and maintain a positive trend. Their experiences have been brought together to produce this video resource which provides ideas for languages departments on increasing uptake, motivation and attainment amongst their learners.
Language Trends in Scotland (SCILT, August 2013) SCILT publish an annual analysis of published SQA statistics on language trends in Scottish schools.
Languages in the secondary school - the current picture in Scotland (SCILT, 2011)In August 2011, SCILT carried out a national survey of language provision in Scottish state-funded schools via an online questionnaire. The data was analysed using both statistical and qualitative analysis tools. The results of this survey for secondary schools are presented below:
Modern Languages Excellence Report (Scottish Government, 2011)Excellence Groups were established by the Scottish Government in 2010 to consider what makes for excellence in different subjects, and in skills development, across learning. The Modern Languages Excellence Group Report offers a blueprint to secure, promote and enhance the provision of Modern Languages in Scotland.
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