Welcome to Languages Week Scotland

Scotland’s Languages Landscape: The ‘Rights’ Approach

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On 25 February 2022, this online Knowledge Exchange event, hosted by SCILT and Education Scotland, welcomed over 70 language professionals, including language leads, teachers and the wider languages community. The event aimed to explore how we amplify, support and further the rights of Scotland’s youth: their right to retain, use and learn spoken and signed languages in their families, communities, schools and beyond.

Following a welcome from Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Bernardette Holmes MBE, Independent Languages Policy and Pedagogy Consultant commenced with a passionate and thought-provoking keynote speech. 

It is an honour and a privilege to have been invited to speak at this conference, taking place at such a key moment in the history and future of Scotland's 1+2 languages policy.  Scotland continues to be an inspirational pathfinder in how to implement the ambitions of the Barcelona Agreement in providing the opportunity for children to learn at least two new languages from an early age.  It has now reached a significant milestone and has much to celebrate, extending access to language learning, increasing the range of languages taught and valuing all languages including home, heritage and community languages. Many congratulations! Keep up the momentum! The journey must continue!” (Bernardette Holmes MBE, Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques).

Attendees had the opportunity to attend two breakout discussions presented by a diverse range of practitioners, followed by a question and answer session where participants took part and engaged in professional dialogue with colleagues. Presentations included topics: Scots in the 21st century; Approaches to rights-based learning; Language learning, arts and migration; Gaelic in education; Multilingualism and UNCRC in the BGE.

Plenary speaker, Louise Glen, Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland concluded the event summarising the key themes, ideas and practice shared from the afternoon.  

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Our event booklet contains speaker biographies and all breakout sessions in more detail.

An amazing event - it gives you the time as a busy practitioner to refocus on what is important.
I have taken away some great ideas to implement within my own cluster.
Thank you for providing this great opportunity for language teachers.
University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages