Developing a languages policy

Language Strategy Advice and Language Continuity Advice

Education Scotland has updated the key messages from the 1+2 report, produced further information about language continuity and developed a support paper to help local authorities and schools identify priorities and plan their strategic approach to 1+2. Visit A 1+2 approach to modern languages on the Education Scotland website and search for languages on the National Improvement Hub to access the full range of support materials from Education Scotland.

1+2 approach to language learning: Outputs from national road shows for the secondary sector

Education Scotland, (June 2017)

Key messages from ADES, Education Scotland, GTCS and SCILT on the 1+2 Approach in secondary. Supports discussion around transition, entitlement and effective timetabling for L2 and L3.

Access the SCILT PP from the event - 1+2 in the secondary context

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L3 audit tools for use in primary and secondary contexts

Education Scotland, (July 2016)

​Tools to help primary and secondary practitioners provide a suitable L3 experience.

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A 1+2 approach to language learning - Further guidance on L3 within the 1+2 policy

Education Scotland, (updated August 2017)

Guidance on L3, to be introduced by P5. Opportunities to build on literacy skills so pupils develop a greater understanding of how language works.

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Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 Approach - Working within the recommendations

Education Scotland, (July 2014)

1+2 clarification and recommendations for schools and EAs. July 2014 update.

Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 Approach - Further guidance on continuity of learning from P7 into S1

Education Scotland, (July 2014)

Amendment to Recommendation 8 on continuity of L2 and L3 from P5-P7 into S1.

A 1+2 approach to language learning: Guidance from P1

Education Scotland, (February 2018)

February 2018 update

Audio files, video clips, learning maps and guidance for L2 and L3 in primary.

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75% of the world's population do not speak English, and only 6% of the world's population speak English as the mother tongue... In simple terms, young Scots can no longer afford to learn only the English language. (Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach, p10)
As a nation we must recognise and promote the numerous benefits that language learning can bring to our learners, benefits which in turn radiate out to our schools, into sustained positive destinations beyond school, and ultimately impacting and benefiting society at large. (Modern Languages Excellence Report, p4)
There’s a personal and there’s a societal opportunity and advantage [in language learning]. If we have stronger skills in languages, it gives us a greater foundation on which we can build our aspirations to connect with and do business with other countries.
(Interview with Deputy First Minister, February 2017)
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  • Self-evaluation and strategic planning
  • Support for planning

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