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The Linguist 54,5

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages was re-formed for the new Parliament in July. The group has a new chair: Nia Griffith, the MP for Llanelli, who is a languages graduate and former schools inspector, and speaks five languages. Baroness Coussins will be continuing her active championing of languages as Co-Chair, meaning that the group will now have strong representation in both Houses of Parliament. One of the group's priorities for the coming year is to look at reforms to the curriculum and examinations, particularly whether statutory primary languages is working; the effectiveness of the Ebacc and Progress 8 measures in increasing take-up at GCSE and A Level; and the examinations themselves. At its July meeting the APPG looked at areas in England where primary schools have begun to organise themselves to work together in partnerships, with some excellent examples from Hertfordshire, Suffolk and the North West. By working together, schools are able to ensure good CPD is available to their teachers, and to provide meaningful progression and assessment, with a view to facilitating effective transition to secondary schools. However there remain some glaring challenges in the way of successful primary languages – for instance, the fact that languages are not mentioned in the Ofsted inspection handbook for KS2 (ages 7-11) and that Ofsted no longer has a subject-specific inspector at this time of great change. The APPG planned to raise both of these issues in Parliament following the summer recess. The group is currently considering priority areas for the coming year, which may include issues with teacher supply and the emergence of 1+2 language policies in Scotland and Wales. With support from readers of The Linguist, the APPG has been campaigning for the protection of exams in smaller-entry languages, such as Japanese, Arabic, Turkish, Polish and Panjabi, and on 22 July, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced that the Department for Education (DfE) will be working closely with exam boards to secure the future of these qualifications. The APPG will continue to offer its support until solutions are agreed. Email to attend the next meeting or to receive details of the speakers. Inside parliament 6 The Linguist Vol/54 No/5 2015 NEWS & EDITORIAL Exam Assessors IoLEDUCATIONALTRUST We are looking for Exam Assessors in the following languages: ALBANIAN DUTCH INDONESIAN KOREAN KURDISH(SORANI) MIRPURI(URDU) NEPALESE PASHTO SOMALI THAI URDU VIETNAMESE Applicants should be native speakers of the language they are applying for and also have an excellent command of English. To find out more and apply please visit > home > jobs or call 020 7940 3100 Philip Harding-Esch on the priorities of the All-Party Group in the new Parliament Philip Harding-Esch works on behalf of the British Council to support the APPG on Modern Languages. TL © SHUTTERSTOCK

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