Services to Mainstream Schools

Languages Sheffield offers support, advice and guidance to all schools and teachers of languages in the city and city region of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire).  Whatever your needs, we can provide expert advice and support, including training, using our approved consultants all of whom have extensive local, regional or national experience as teachers or trainers.

Sheffield’s mainstream schools, secondary, primary and special, have widely differing characteristics determined by locality, political decisions and, latterly, by the choices of the schools themselves, their head teachers and governors.  It is best to view them all as individual places of learning with strengths dependent upon a multitude of local factors.  This is particularly the case as the wider outside influences, such as the Local Authority and , for example, the National Strategies let alone the National Languages Strategy have to all intents and purposes ceased not only to have any influence, but even to exist.  The move since May 2010 has been towards autonomy for schools or groups of schools including in the case of, for example, academies, the choice to determine curriculum provision.  It is therefore unwise to make assumptions any longer about the provision of a subject area such as languages across the board.

Primary schools are expected to provide Key Stage 2 pupils with an entitlement to learn a language, and there is an expectation that the present government will make them statutory following consultation over the curriculum review.  There is no change at Key Stage 3 but the expectations raised for Key Stage 4 by the inclusion of languages in the proposed E.Bacc. Certificate which will replace GCSE, are massive. What is still unclear is the shape that Key Stage 4 Languages may have to take.

Cross phase collaboration is a feature of languages development in Sheffield both in individual clusters of schools and via successive LA advisor and consultant interventions.  It is still regarded as best practice, but schools will have to find their own solutions and alternative sources of advice and guidance around those thorny issues of progression and transition, without the immediate external support previously available.

In the past, provision was driven by national strategies and initiatives.  The Key Stage 3 Framework for Languages and the Key Stage 2 initiative supported by the excellent Key Stage 2 Framework, led to changes in classroom practice and closer liaison and cooperation cross phase, including support for primary language teacher upskilling and training from the Sheffield universities.  Now it is up to schools to find their own path and this is where Languages Sheffield is uniquely placed to help fill the gap, as we have said above.Languages Sheffield offers support, advice and guidance to all schools and teachers of languages in the city and city region of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire).  Whatever your needs, we can provide expert advice and support, including training, using our approved consultants all of whom have extensive local, regional or national experience as teachers or trainers.

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