UCML is deeply involved in issues around how and where languages are taught. The impact of policy and trends in primary and secondary schools can be felt in Universities both in terms of the range and volume of potential applicants and in terms of preparedness for University study. This then impacts on teaching and learning at tertiary level. UCML is also concerned with the virtuous circle of graduates progressing into teaching, via PGCE or other teacher training programmes.
This area of the site focuses on
- sources of information,
- sources of statistics
- links to relevant organisations
of relevance to languages eduation, from primary to HE. It is updated by UCML Vice Chair for languages and intercultural education, Paul Rowlett.
HE languages: includes UCAS statistics and reports on activities within HE
Primary and secondary languages: includes updates on curriculum and qualifications reform and statistics on take-up, e.g. at GCSE and A level
Projects and associations: includes information about HE initiatives to promote and support language teaching and learning in other sectors and projects of interest to HE, including EU projects/research mapping language competence
Some related project activity (projects in which UCML is directly involved, e.g. Shaping the Future, Valuing the Year Abroad, Routes into Languages etc) will also be on the UCML generic Projects page,
... while announcements (e.g. new government policy decisions) will be made through our News page or our Facebook site. The latter also includes links to relevant news articles, surveys and consultations (e.g. on Primary languages, A levels, the National Curriculum).
Please note that resources relating to the employability of students with languages are in the Shaping the Future Employability toolkit and new reports of relevance are added there regularly.