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.