In Fife, there are 18 clusters with 135 primary schools. The main language taught as L2 is French although there are also schools teaching Spanish and German. There is one Development Officer for 1+2 Language Learning.
In order to build each school’s capacity for language learning and teaching, staff from LFEE (Languages for Education in Europe) have delivered professional learning for teachers in French, German and Spanish. To date there have been approximately 700 teachers from Fife trained over the last three years and 100 teachers have attended immersion courses in France and Spain, funded by the British Council Erasmus+ programme. All schools in Fife have access to the PowerLanguage for Schools’ (PLS) online resources.
Fife Council is committed to raising the profile of the 1+2 initiative and promoting parental engagement and family learning. Following initial discussions between the 1+2 Development Officer and the Director of PowerLanguage, an online course for families was to be piloted. The family learning project (‘French for Families’) was presented to two clusters who agreed to become involved.
About the educational establishments and the learners
Dunfermline High School
Dunfermline High School has a role of 1650 and its catchment schools range from Dunfermline to the River Forth at Rosyth and along to the village of Kincardine. Currently, 12.67% of learners are eligible for free school meal entitlement (FME).
Commercial Primary School
Commercial Primary School shares its campus with the neighbouring St Margaret's RC Primary School. The school role is 427 with 12.4% FME. 108 learners are in SIMD 1-3.
King’s Road Primary School
King's Road Primary School and Nursery has a role of 543 with 19% of learners eligible for FME.
Pitreavie Primary School
Pitreavie Primary School is located within Pitcorthie estate, a private housing development in the west of Dunfermline. It has enhanced provision for children with Additional Support Needs. The role is 301 and the FME is 13.3%.
St Columba’s RC High School
St Columba’s RC High School is a denominational secondary school which serves the towns and villages of West Fife. Most of the pupils live in Dunfermline and the surrounding area. The school role is 850 with the FME being 17.7%.
St Margaret’s RC Primary School
St Margaret’s RC Primary School is a denominational school with nursery provision. The current role is 350 with an FME of 6%.
St Kenneth’s RC Primary School
St Kenneth's RC Primary and Nursery School provides denominational education in the old mining villages of Ballingry, Lochore, Crosshill and Glencraig on the outskirts of Lochgelly. The role is 238 and the FME is 37%.
St John’s RC Primary School
St John’s RC Primary School is a denominational school and was established in 1919 to serve the areas of Rosyth and Inverkeithing. The school role is 248 with 8.9% of its learners eligible to receive FME.
Holy Name RC Primary School
Holy Name RC primary school is a denominational school which shares a campus with Inzievar Primary in Oakley. The current school role is 48 with FME of 33%. The catchment of the school consists of west Fife villages, many of them old mining villages.
St Joseph’s RC Primary School
St Joseph's is a denominational primary school and is one of two primary schools in Kelty. The school has a role of 146 and the current FME is 36%.
St Bride’s RC Primary School
St Bride's is a denominational primary school serving the areas of Cowdenbeath, Lumphinnans, Crossgates and Hill of Beath. The school offers early years provision. The current role is 197 with the FME currently being 22%.