1+2 languages policy - local authority survey 2021: findings

Findings of a 2021 survey of local authorities on progress to implement the 1+2 languages policy in schools. The key finding is that nearly all primary and secondary schools now deliver language learning from P1 through to the end of the Broad General Education.

9. Teacher training and upskilling / CLPL opportunities

We asked local authorities what opportunities for language training they provided, either directly or through their regional improvement collaborative, as we are interested to know more about the CLPL being offered to teaching staff to support the implementation of language learning.

Types of language training opportunities No. %
Cluster training events 22 73%
Consortium training sessions 15 50%
Twilight classes 28 93%
SCILT / OU distance learning course 23 77%
Partnership with other FE / HE provider 10 33%
Other 15 50%

Responses showed that local authorities have moved to offering a wide range of training for both newly-qualified and experienced teachers. They have also adapted their CLPL offers to offer a blended or fully online format, which is helping to maximise reach and improve ease of access for teaching staff.

The most widespread training models used by local authorities involve a blend of in-house training and online upskilling, e.g. secondary languages teachers delivering language and pedagogy training as part of standalone 'anytime access' units or in live lessons at twilight sessions. Some local authorities also offer bespoke training across their Regional Improvement Collaborative, which is felt to be improving the consistency of approach to language teaching across primary schools.

Other training models included those being provided by commercial companies, the British Council, Higher and Further Education partners and the cultural institutes, and the annual national Languages Leadership Programme provided by Education Scotland and SCILT. The Open University / SCILT distance learning 'Teachers Learning to Teach Languages' programme was also popular.



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