What is a primary school MFL policy? A whole school MFL policy sets out aims and objectives for the teaching and use of the subject in the school. It offers clear guidance on the measures that need to be in place if the requirements of the policy are to be met. An MFL policy is subject to regular reviews in common with other school policies, and should be reflected in the school’s MFL priorities in the curriculum development plans. A policy is agreed and adopted by the school’s governing body. An MFL policy will have a range of audiences: new teachers to the school existing teachers non-teaching curriculum support staff parents. New teachers to the school will use the policy to: understand the school’s approach to the teaching and use of MFL obtain guidance in the way they should be using MFL in their lessons find out what support may be available to develop further their language skills, knowledge and capabilities. Existing teachers will use the policy to: gauge what access they should have to MFL resources assess future MFL developments and their impact on their work learn how other year group teachers are using MFL, helping their cross- curricular planning understand the responsibilities involved in the teaching and use of MFL offer guidance on the extent to which MFL should be incorporated into their individual lessons and subject schemes of work know what procedures exist to monitor and assess pupils’ MFL capability. Non-teaching curriculum support staff will use the policy to: find out what level of MFL provision should be available to support individual pupil development and achievement find out which individuals are responsible for maintaining the schools MFL resources provide information about the existing resources and any future development plans Parents will use the policy to: find out what MFL experiences their children should have at school help them to decide how to support their child’s learning of MFL compare the provision and approach of different schools. What will be in it? A school’s MFL policy will outline: the delivery of the Languages Framework at Key Stage 2 (for example, ‘There will be a one-hour lesson per week for all pupils throughout Key Stage 2.’) the MFL experiences for pupils in the foundation stage and Key Stage 1 the main aims of using MFL within the school (for example, ‘MFL will be used to enrich the curriculum and encourage diversity.’) health and safety in the use of MFL resources (for example, ‘Children will be given sufficient space to carry out actions to songs and games.’) staff’s continual professional development in language skills and understanding (for example, ‘One whole day per year will be devoted to MFL training for all staff.’) resource audits (for example, ‘An inventory will be kept of all flashcards, tapes, CD roms and videos) MFL skills audits (for example, ‘A questionnaire will be distributed to all staff each year.’) linguistic support (for example, ‘There will be a parent native speaker available on Thursdays’) in-class support (for example, ‘All support staff will be trained in the use of classroom vocabulary in the target language.’) the allocation of roles and responsibilities for MFL in the school (for example, ‘The MFL co-ordinator will be responsible for…, each Class teacher will be responsible for….’) the use of resources across the school (for example, ‘Each year group will be issued with a minimum of one CD player. Every classroom will have 1 MFL poster.’) the role of MFL in supporting extra curricular activities (for example, ‘an MFL club will be available after school.’) the use of MFL by parents and the local community (for example, ‘The school will run a family MFL course each term.’) data protection issues MFL in school administration (for example, ‘Registration will be carried out in the target language. All numbers will be given in the target language.’) the use of the Internet (for example, ‘Access to web sites will be filtered and all pupils and parents must agree to the Acceptable Use Policy.’). The school’s Integrated Development Plan /curriculum development plans should ensure that aspects of the MFL policy are fully implemented.