Primary Languages Conference 2017

Theme: Progress with Primary Languages

At the Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire on Thursday 29th June 2017

A full one day conference organised by Primary Languages Network for Subject Coordinators and primary language teachers. Explore how your school can develop a successful foreign language learning curriculum in line with the DfE KS2 Languages PoS.

Keynote speakers:
  • Keeping it Primary - Therese Comfort
  • How to identify progress - Daniel Alliot
  • Embedding Phonics in Language Learning - Sue Cave
  • Using IT to enhance and engage - Lisa Stevens

Spotlight sessions and Exhibitors:

  • Plus 3 additional spotlight sessions on PMFL topics
  • Exhibitors: Brilliant Publications, Little Linguists
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Conference Costs:

* One free delegate place for Premium school members of PLN (2017/18)
* £55 per additional delegates for Primary Language Network member Schools (2017/18)
* £85 per delegate for all other delegates and guests

* Exhibitor packages available from £150 - please contact us for further details

Delegate places can be purchased online or invoiced to school.

Keynote Speakers

Keeping it Primary

Therese Comfort - Primary Languages Consultant

Therese will look at how we can capture the uniqueness of primary schools to provide a rich experience for our language learners that will develop and challenge them and excite their imagination. We will also consider what it is children will take with them from this experience when they move onto secondary school.

How to identify progress

Daniel Alliot - National Trainer in Primary Languages

With a wealth of resources, activities and ideas available to support our teaching of Primary Languages, there’s a risk that our teaching becomes a series of ‘modules’ or ‘topics’, focused on their content and with less regard for progression of language learning over time. During this session we’ll look at how progress can be spotted in even the simplest of activities, and how our approach towards planning and schemes can aim to build in progress over time, moving our focus back to the teaching and learning of primary languages.

Using IT to enhance and engage

Lisa Stevens - Primary Languages Consultant

However hard we might try to avoid it, technology is all around us; why not, then, use it to our advantage? From choosing appropriate tools, apps and activities to bringing the world into your classroom, sharing ideas and celebrating successes to making life easier, this session will explore how to engage and enthuse learners, enhancing primary language learning.

Embedding phonics in language learning

Sue Cave - Primary Languages Consultant

The representation of sounds through letters in any language is a code. Through the explicit teaching of phonics, teachers can provide learners with the key to unlock this code. A simple seven step process for teaching most languages will be analysed demonstrating how to move from word to sentence level with phonics at its heart. The activities demonstrated for each step will be in French (although most would be suitable for other languages) using a sound, action, spelling system ‘Physical French Phonics’ which has been tried and tested successfully with both young and adult learners.

Spotlight sessions and Exhibitors

Spotlight sessions

Session 1 - Listen, join in and respond

Session 2 - All singing and dancing in Primary Languages

Session 3 - Reading and writing with a purpose


  • Little Linguists
  • Briliant Publications

North West Primary Languages Conference 2017

Thursday, June 29th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Statham Lodge Hotel, Warrington Road, Lymm, Cheshire WA13 9BP

NW Primary Languages Conference 2017


  • 08:30 - 09:15 Registration and Coffee
  • 09:15 - 09:30 Welcome and introduction - Janet Lloyd
  • 09:30 - 10:20 Keeping it Primary - Therese Comfort
  • 10:20 - 10:40 Exhibitors' spotlight
  • 10:40 - 11:10 Coffee break
  • 11:10 - 12:00 How to identify progress - Daniel Alliot
  • 12:00 - 12:20 Spotlight 1 - Listen, join in and respond
  • 12:20 - 12:45 Spotlight 2 - All singing and dancing in PMFL
  • 12:45 - 13:45 Lunch and Exhibition
  • 13:45 - 14:30 Embedding phonics in learning - Sue Cave
  • 14:30 - 15:15 Using IT to enhance & engage - Lisa Stevens
  • 15:15 - 15:40 Spotlight 3 - Reading and writing with purpose
  • 15:40 - 15:45 Closing Remarks and raffle - Janet Lloyd