The National Pilot and the current
picture for primary modern foreign languages in Wales
The National CILT Cymru Key Stage 2 Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Pilot Project was launched as one strand of "Languages Count", the National Languages Strategy for Wales (2002, reviewed in 2008), which mapped out the Welsh Government's commitment to increasing capability in languages in Wales. This pilot supported the development of early foreign language learning from 2003-2009 and involved 118 primary and 18 secondary schools in 18 LEAs across Wales.
An independent evaluation of Phase 1 (2003 - 2006) of the pilots concluded that the introduction of a MFL in Key Stage 2 not only enriched the primary curriculum and enhanced transition arrangements but also had "a positive impact on MFL learning in Key Stage 3".
A further evaluation of Phase 2 (2006 -2009) was commissioned to track pilot pupils into Key Stage 3 and to monitor the impact of the early start. The evaluation will be published shortly.
Throughout the pilot and beyond there has been overwhelming support for the initiative from parents, pupils, staff and governors alike. Schools commented especially that this initiative had "improved communications across clusters and between secondary and primary schools and improved transition experiences for pupils".
The Welsh Government further committed to providing funding through the Better Schools Fund (BSF) from 2008-2011, to develop primary MFL on a non-statutory basis and will "look again at the case for statutory provision at the next review of the school curriculum. This will allow a decision to be made in light of the final evaluation of the primary school pilots and the wider requirements of the primary school curriculum".
Find out more about the National KS2 MFL Pilot Project in Wales by using the menu on the left.
Find out how you / your school / LEA can get involved in the "Getting Started" section.