Essentials for planning in the Senior Phase

The Scottish Government’s policy, Language learning in Scotland: a 1+2 approach (Scottish Government, May 2012), is aimed at ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn a modern language from P1 onwards. Additionally, each child should have the right to learn a second modern language from P5 onwards. The policy should be fully implemented across the country by 2020.

The following documents are relevant to the 1+2 policy in Senior Phase:

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.

Improving uptake in modern languages in the senior phase: Case studies and conversation day

Education Scotland, (June 2014)

Case studies identifying the key features common to languages departments where languages are flourishing beyond the BGE. 

Film resource where leaders of languages within BGE share expertise on how they have increased uptake in their departments and maintained a positive trend.

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To access all documents, recommendations and resources relating to the 1+2 policy, visit the 1+2 section of the SCILT website.
The following resources aim to support planning for languages in Senior Phase.
  • SQA Qualifications
  • 1+2 guidance
  • CfE
  • Case Studies
  • Further reading

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