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Next steps for modern foreign language provision in England’s schools

Morning, Monday, 4th July 2022


This conference focuses on the next steps for the delivery of Modern Foreign Language provision (MFL) in England.


It takes place following the announcement of the revised GCSE qualifications in modern foreign languages, which are set to be rolled out in 2024.


Discussion will look ahead to their implementation in primary and secondary schools, the impact of the reforms, curriculum design, and how best to prepare schools and staff - and how the changes to the current offer and content of the new GCSEs will affect both how and what pupils will learn.


The conference will also be a timely opportunity to discuss priorities for building on the current offer of MFL across England’s primary and secondary schools, following the publication of Ofsted’s MFL subject review.


Delegates will consider the key findings of the review and the scope for improvement, as well as:

  • pupil engagement and attainment - how to maintain quality and standards across provision
  • the scope of language provision - the role of languages such as Mandarin in future pathways to higher education and employment

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Leilah Tott, Assistant Director, Department for Education; Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD; Rhian Dent, Senior Manager of Standards, Ofqual; Katharine Carruthers, Director, Institute of Education Confucius Institute for Schools, and Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia), University College London; and Raisa McNab, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Translation Companies.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • the current offer - assessing language studies in schools today ◦ priorities for improving attainment and pupil engagement ◦ curriculum design and delivery ◦ ensuring quality and standards
  • implementation - initial rollout of the new GCSEs in schools ◦ increasing accessibility ◦ supporting students with take-up ◦ teacher recruitment and priorities for training
  • progression - the impact of the new pedagogy on core language skills ◦ language provision and future pathways to further and higher education ◦ enhancing employability

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DCMS; DfE; and the NIC.



Keynote Speakers

Andreas Schleicher

Director, Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD

Raisa McNab

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Translation Companies

Katharine Carruthers

Director, Institute of Education Confucius Institute for Schools; and Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia), University College London

Leilah Tott

Assistant Director, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Raisa McNab

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Translation Companies

Katharine Carruthers

Director, Institute of Education Confucius Institute for Schools; and Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia), University College London

Rhian Dent

Senior Manager of Standards, Ofqual

Leilah Tott

Assistant Director, Department for Education

Andreas Schleicher

Director, Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD

Chairs

Baroness Garden

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Modern Languages

Nia Griffith MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Modern Languages

Speakers

Professor Emma Marsden

Director, National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy, University of York

Ellie Baker

Founder & CEO, BilinguaSing

Professor Kim Blower

President, Association for Language Learning; and Chair in Innovation in Language Learning, Sheffield Institute of Education

Vicky Gough

Schools Adviser, British Council

Suzanne O’Farrell

MFL Consultant, Association of School and College Leaders

Paul Thomas

Headteacher, Parkwood Primary School, London

Eva McManamon

Senior Qualification Manager, Pearson Edexcel

Vincent Everett

Head of Languages, Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form College

Paul Burgin

Subject Leader of MFL, Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire