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)

This video resource contains the key messages by speakers from the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), Education Scotland, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), and SCILT, Scotland's National Centre for Languages, on the 1+2 approach to language learning and the impact of the policy in the secondary sector. The resource also contains key PowerPoint slides.

This resource can be used in modern languages departments, to support discussion around transition, entitlement and effective timetabling for L2 (first additional language) and L3 (second additional language).

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

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L3 audit tools for use in primary and secondary contexts

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.

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

Education Scotland, Education Scotland (August 2017 (updated))

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.

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

Education Scotland, 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, Education Scotland (July 2014)

This paper provides an amendment to Recommendation 8 of the 1+2 report on continuity of L2 and L3 from P5-P7 into S1.

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

Education Scotland, Education Scotland (December 2013)

Last updated October 2017

This online guidance features a zip file at the bottom of the landing page which includes a document outlining first steps to embedding additional language learning in the curriculum. Though badged for P1, this guidance is suitable for any teacher who is embarking on teaching a language for the first time or any class starting to learn a language for the first time, regardless of stage.

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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)
  • 1+2: you can too
  • Self-evaluation and strategic planning
  • Support for planning

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