North West Primary Languages Conference 2018

Date: 21/06/18

Venue: Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire

Theme: "Make Primary Languages Sparkle"

A full one day conference with lunch and refreshments for Subject Coordinators and primary language teachers. Explore how your school can develop a sparkling and successful foreign language learning curriculum in line with the new DfE KS2 Languages PoS.

Keynote Speakers:


Key Note Presentation

Bernadette Holmes MBE, Director of Speak to the Future, the National Campaign for Languages
Bernadette will share her thoughts on the future of language learning and how the 12 DfE Attainment Targets in the KS2 Primary Languages PoS to guide primary teachers and schools to quality teaching and learning of primary languages.

Bernardette Holmes has advised government on current curriculum reform for modern languages in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. She is writer of the GCSE criteria for both modern and ancient languages and drafter of the new AS and A level Subject Content Criteria for French, German and Spanish and the less taught languages.  She was Principal Investigator for Born Global, a major policy research project, funded by the British Academy, engaging key stakeholders from employment and education in a radical rethinking of languages education for 21st century Britain. Bernardette is Campaign Director of Speak to the Future, advancing language capability in the UK, and Past President of the Association for Language Learning. Bernardette is a member of the RIPL (Research in Primary Languages) network at the University of Essex and is strand leader for cultural competence and intercultural understanding.

During the National Strategy, Bernardette played a central role in articulating both the pedagogy and support structures needed for coherent language learning in primary and secondary schools.  She oversaw the development and research for the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, conceptualised the Primary Languages Training Zone and took part in the three-year longitudinal study of Languages Learning at Key Stage 2 for the DCSF (2010).  Bernardette received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2015 for services to languages education as a teacher and a modern languages advocate.

Being creative with primary language learning skills

Daniel Alliot, National Trainer for Primary Languages
During this session, Dan will look at the creation of a simple module, (based around a stimulus such as a story), and how essential it is to have clear learning objectives, which ensure learner progression across a creative and engaging framework. We will look at how specialists and non-specialists can reinforce prior learning and further develop linguistic confidence through their teaching, measuring learner progress over the course of the unit.

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Linking literacy and primary languages

Julie Prince, Primary Languages Consultant
In this hands on and active session. Julie will help us to consider how both non specialist/ specialist primary language teachers can develop creative units of effective language learning that reinforce communication and primary literacy skills.

Adding sparkle to language learning and progression

Michelle Hindley, Joanne Hornby & Kate Percival, PLN Language Teachers
In this session Michelle, Joanne and Kate will share the ways that they have used the lesson plans on our Ready Made KS2 SOW and seasonal specials as a spring board to generating purposeful, memorable and sparkling sequences of language lessons. Find out how they use drama, song, ICT, creativity to ensure that children progress in the four core skills and language leaning skills

Creative and topical sparkle in a year of primary language learning

Robert Artingstall & Susannne Wilson, PLN Language Teachers
In this session Robert will take us through the materials and resources that he has produced and used in his primary language teaching this year and share in our creative webinars - Superheroes, Fantastical Beasts and Hawaiian luau party.
Susanne will share with us how you can take these ideas and resources and implement them successfully back in your own primary classrooms.


We have a small connected exhibition area, which is well attended by our delegates during breaks and lunchtime. Please contact us if you are interested in exhibiting at our event.

Conference Costs

  • Free - Premium Members of PLN 2018/19 receive one free delegate place (VLE User ID required)
  • £75  - for other PLN network members 2018/19 (VLE User ID required)
  • £125 - General delegate ticket 

Last years conference was a fantastic day and fully subscribed so please book early to avoid disappointment.