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Further information on SQA qualifications
Our SQA qualifications page gives an overview and further details of the new SQA qualifications (from August 2013). This also includes a look at the Languages Baccalaureate and Modern Languages for Life and Work Award. You will also be able to find important updates and answers to FAQs.
The following documents are relevant to the 1+2 policy in Senior Phase:
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.
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.
Modern Languages sit within the Languages area of the curriculum.
Essential reading for Modern Language practitioners can be found on the Modern Languages pages from Education Scotland.
Further information on the Languages area of the curriculum can be found on Curriculum areas within the Education Scotland website.
Curriculum for Excellence specifically refers to young people 'developing a knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it'.
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). A number of schools took part in conversation days hosted by Education Scotland in 2014 followed by this set of case studies, which highlight a variety of approaches to encourage uptake in the senior phase.
The case studies can be accessed on the Education Scotland website.
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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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