Brayford Language Hub
We are extremely proud that The Priory Academy LSST has been selected as a Phase 1 Lead School for the NCLE Language Hubs initiative (National Consortium for Language Education). We will be working alongside identified partner schools to support high quality language learning in our area.
Promoting global curiosity through our dynamic approach to language learning, the vision of The Brayford Language Hub is to cultivate a culturally rich tapestry that inspires, challenges and motivates our students. Driven by our commitment to achieve linguistic competence, our hub is a beacon for creating independent and inquisitive learners. Our vision is to create a transformative community, together with our partner schools, where diverse languages thrive, fostering a deep understanding of global interconnectedness. Our mission is to equip students with the tools to navigate the world with cultural sensitivity, building bridges across borders, thereby broadening life experiences and horizons. At The Brayford Language Hub we aspire to ignite a passion for lifelong learning, fostering a community that celebrates diversity, curiosity and linguistic excellence.
What exactly is the National Consortium for Language Education?
Ultimately, NCLE is creating a national network of up to 25 lead hub schools across England. Each lead hub school will deliver training for up to seven partner schools and liaise on events and resourcing to improve standards of language teaching and learning across the country.
The NCLE is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and delivered by UCL, in partnership with the British Council and the Goethe-Institut.
How does it work?
The first group of hub schools has been selected and The Priory Academy LSST is one of them. Having been recognised by the NCLE for the quality of our language teaching, we will be liaising with a small number of partner schools to share best practice, discuss ideas, extend networks and support quality language learning activities.
Why is the government encouraging language education in schools?
Languages are crucial for work and life in our globally competitive economy. We believe that languages and intercultural awareness can help to foster universal understanding and contribute to building a peaceful and harmonious world future.
The Department for Education recognises that, as a country, we need more and better language skills and that these add value and widen opportunities for individuals, communities and society.
What are the benefits for students of the NCLE programme?
The ability to speak other languages is an incredibly useful asset for students, both professionally and personally. Research shows that there are clear educational, personal, cultural, social and career benefits in being able to communicate confidently in another language. There is a particular emphasis in the NCLE on delivery high quality language learning to students from disadvantaged areas to support improvements in social mobility.
What is the Goethe-Institut Gimagine project?
The government is especially keen to promote the learning of German, because the numbers studying this important language have fallen in recent years. That's why the Goethe-Institut is a key partner.
Their GIMAGINE project promotes and supports the learning of German as a foreign language in the UK. The project centres around students, teachers and schools. Apart from offering initiatives for professional advancement to German teachers, the project can fund learning German through scholarships and provides schools with classroom materials and teaching resources.
You can find out more on the Gimagine website.