Spring into action for primary languages!

    Published: 27 April 2017

    The teaching of a foreign language to "every year group in Key Stage 2" became statutory in September 2014.  In September 2017, children in Year 6 will be entering the fourth and final year of that entitlement to ensure "substantial progress" in a language at Key Stage 2.

    To support schools in their transition to statutory language provision, Herts for Learning developed the Primary Languages Quality Mark®.  The Primary Languages Quality Mark (PLQM) is a national award and is valid for three years.

    Recent PLQM Silver award alumni include St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Letchworth Garden City and Bromet School in Bushey.

    Languages have always been a part of our school and we are really keen on getting our pupils learning about new cultures and celebrations right from the start,” explained Maria Pace, Headteacher at the Bromet School. “Pupils learn French from as young as Reception and leave the school as really confident speakers who enjoy understanding new languages.”

    The PLQM has provided us with that focus to ensure that our languages remain at a high standard. We are constantly working on how to use languages across the curriculum and building links with other schools in the area. We are proud to be awarded with silver and are definitely looking to progress to gold.”

    Speaking about receiving their silver award, Headteacher at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Jane Perry said: “Participating in the PLQM provided us with the opportunity to audit our current provision and ensure that we offer our pupils the very best access to learning a modern foreign language.

    The process highlighted the benefits of having a specialist language teacher who inspires staff; enthuses the children and really ensures that our pupils make excellent progress and reach high standards in their language learning. We were thrilled to receive the award and we aim to further build on our success in the future.”

    To find out more about the PLQM and related services and products to support the delivery of primary languages, visit

    By Ryan Fisher, Journalist