Scotland's National Centre for Languages works to develop and improve the learning and teaching of languages. Petra McLay describes some of the support on offer to teachers and schools

In the light of recent initiatives it is more important than ever to ensure teachers have access to high-quality professional learning opportunities.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland's (GTCS) Professional Update supports the idea of career-long professional learning as do its Professional Standards. Self-evaluation and self-monitoring of teachers' learning are important features that SCILT – Scotland's National Centre for Languages – is championing through a menu of workshops and other learning events for languages teachers across the country.

The Scottish government's 1+2 approach to language learning is aimed at ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn a first modern language from P1 onwards and a second from P5 onwards.
The policy is being implemented across all local authorities with a variety of approaches supported by Education Scotland and SCILT.

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