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Education Scotland update on benchmarks

Author: Louise Glen, Education Scotland

The benchmarks for modern languages were developed to provide clarity on the national standards expected at each curriculum level. They set out clear lines of progression from first to fourth levels. Their purpose is to make clear what learners need to know and be able to do to progress through the levels, and to support consistency in teachers' and other practitioners' professional judgements.

Benchmarks are designed to be concise and accessible, with sufficient detail to communicate clearly the standards expected for each curriculum level.

Teachers and other practitioners should be given time to engage in professional discussion to become familiar with the benchmarks and start to use them in line with their school improvement plans.

Benchmarks for Classical Languages will be published before the end of the current school session.

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