A 1+2 Approach to Language Learning

Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that all children and young people are equipped with the skills they need for life and work. By 2021, every school in Scotland will offer children the opportunity to learn a first additional language from primary one, and a second additional language by primary five. This will continue until they reach the end of S3. 

This ambition contributes significantly to the Scottish Attainment Challenge agenda.

Download Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach from the Scottish Government website.
A review of progress in implementing the 1+2 language policy

The Scottish Government Learning Directorate commissioned ADES to conduct research on the implementation of ‘Language learning in Scotland: A 1+2 approach’ at the mid-way point in the implementation. Download 'A review of progress in implementing the 1+2 language policy' (March 2016)

We will take action to help young people develop the skills and knowledge they will need in the workplace in particular in the areas of STEM, digital skills and languages.
Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A delivery plan for Scotland (Scottish Government, June 2016 )

The work of the Scottish Attainment Challenge is underpinned by the National Improvement Framework, Curriculum for Excellence and Getting Right for Every Child.

The key priorities are:

  • improvement in attainment, particularly in literacy and numeracy
  • closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children
  • improvement in children and young people’s health and wellbeing 
  • improvement in employability skills and sustained, positive school-leaver destinations

for all young people.

Each of these priorities is addressed through the effective delivery of languages.

SCILT can work in partnership with primary and secondary colleagues to address these priorities:

  • 1+2 & Attainment

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