20 May 2021

Annual General Meeting, followed by:

Report launch: The value of language capabilities in UK SMEs’ export success.

The Association of Translation Companies and Aston Business School conducted a quantitative survey of 415 UK SMEs which for the first time statistically proves that language capabilities add 30% in value to exporting success, supporting the Government’s Industrial Strategy and UK SMEs’ export activities. 

Presentation from:

Ankita Tibrewal, PhD Research Author

Dr Geoff Parkes, Senior Lecturer, Marketing and Strategy Group, Aston Business School

Dr Ad de Jong, Professor of Marketing, Copenhagen Business School

Raisa McNab, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Translation Companies


17 May 2021

Modern Languages in our schools: a conversation with School Standards Minister Nick Gibb

Minutes will not be made available for this meeting.

13 May 2021

Police Approved Interpreters and Translators scheme (PAIT) - the new standard for safe and effective language services in the UK's police forces.

PAIT is a new classification for interpreters and translators carrying out police assignments across England and Wales that provides regulation, standardisation and assurance for all police forces in the UK that the interpreters and translators used are of the correct standard, have the right vetting and qualifications and (if they are not up to the job) receive training or are removed from police work. PAIT is supported by all Chief Constables in the UK.

Presentation from:

Mark Lewis - National Police Contract Manager – Language Services. Leicestershire Police

Simon Cole QPM, National Police Chiefs Council lead on language services, and Chief 

Constable of Leicestershire Police 

John Worne, CEO, Chartered Institute of Linguists   

Rob Beswick, Chartered Institute of Linguists

Minutes and presentations:

Police Approved Interpreters Translators (PAIT) - Presentation to APPG

3 February 2021 - online webinar open to all, jointly hosted with the British Council

Good news in MFL: New ideas for schools to make MFL a success this year


  1. What lessons have we learned from the Mandarin Excellence Programme? The MEP is for state schools in England, fully funded and supported by the DfE, UCL Institute of Education and the British Council. Katharine Carruthers, Director, UCL Institute of Education.
  2. Help your bilingual students get their home language GCSE this year. Ensure they do not miss out, and you could boost your school’s Ebacc score in the process. Suzanne O'Farrell, MFL Consultant, ASCL; Bernadette Clinton, Languages Consultant; and Andy Jackson, Head of MFL, Gladesmore Community School, Tottenham.
  3. Boost your students’ qualifications in languages by offering the EPQ. Pearson’s Extended Project Qualification is a stand-alone qualification, equivalent to half an A Level. Eva McManamon, Senior Qualification Manager, Pearson. 



16 November 2020 – online webinar open to all, jointly hosted with the British Council.

'Languages for all: how do we get there?' A solutions-focussed look at practical steps schools can take to transform MFL uptake and success. 


1.Pedagogy in MFL at KS3 and KS4: ways forward for schools. Ian Bauckham, CEO of the Tenax Schools Trust and Chair of the Teaching Schools Council’s Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review.

2.Successful primary-secondary transition: ways to give students the best possible start in Year 7. Suzanne O'Farrell, MFL Consultant, ASCL.

3.Fresh approaches to bringing languages alive through cultural knowledge and international connections. Oliver Hopwood, Languages teacher.

Minutes will be published in due course.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020 - online meeting

'Languages, Covid-19 and Brexit: Never more important, never more vulnerable. What MPs and Peers can do to improve policy' - Launch Meeting of the APPG on Modern Languages for the return of Parliament and Election of Vice Chair.

A focussed briefing for MPs and Peers on why language policy is important everywhere but often forgotten - and specific actions Parliamentarians can take to address this.

Minutes will be published in due course.

27 January 2020

Inaugural election of Officers and hosting of the launch of Boys studying modern foreign languages at GCSE in schools in England - a report by the Education Policy Institute commissioned by the British Council.

Many schools are missing the government’s Ebacc target of 75 per cent of students entering, and achieving a good grade, in five core subjects (including a language) by 2022. Boys significantly underperform in languages at GCSE, in both entry rates and attainment. If this were addressed, the Ebacc target would be easier to achieve. Download the report.


28 October 2019

Annual General Meeting

There were no thematic presentations at this meeting. Read the minutes.

15 July 2019

Languages TEDx! Including an update from Nick Gibb MP, Minister for Schools Standards


1.The important work of Translators Without Borders in supporting humanitarian and development work around the world: Andrew Bredenkamp, TWB.

2.An update on the current controversy over harsh grading in MFL exams from Katrin Kohl, University of Oxford.

3.The British Council’s latest findings from the annual Language Trends report on MFL provision in England: Vicky Gough, British Council.

4.Update from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP is the Minister of State for School Standards

20 May 2019

The role of EU Embassies and Cultural Institutes in supporting language learning in UK schools: policy and school perspectives.

Presentations from:

Benoît Le Dévédec, Institut Français; with Philip Yorke, Shaftesbury Park Primary School.

Karl Pfeiffer & Georgia Herlt, Goethe Institut; with David Kennedy, Headteacher, John Warner School (Hertfordshire)

Ruben Barderas Rey, Concha Julián de Vega, & Jesus Manuel Hernandez Gonzalez, Spanish Embassy.

Mara Luongo, Italian Consulate; with Stephanie Toussaint, Christ the King College.

25 February 2019:

Save our school exchanges! Meet the schools who can show us how


Vicky Gough, Schools Adviser for the British Council

Jody Gee and Sinead Earley, Anglo European School (a long established history of school exchanges and international experiences in several different countries in Europe and around the world).

James Edwards and Mark Cottingham, Shirebrook Academy (implementing a school exchange for the first time).



29 January 2018:

The cognitive benefits of learning a language


Thomas Bak, University of Edinburgh 

Dina Mehmedbegovic, UCL Institute of Education

Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education

Bencie Woll, UCL

19 March 2018:

A solution to the MFL crisis in schools? Hackney’s innovative primary-secondary MFL teaching model - with leaders, teachers & pupils from Hackney schools


Richard Hardie, former Chair of Hackney Learning Trust & Honorary Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Bernadette Clinton, MFL Consultant to Hackney Learning Trust

Teachers and pupils from Hackney schools

15 May 2018

Respecting communities in International Development: languages & cultural understanding. Recommendations for NGOs, donors & HE, with evidence from research in Peru, Kyrgyzstan and Malawi


Prof Hilary Footitt, University of Reading

Dr Angela Crack, University of Portsmouth 

21 May 2018

A duty of honour: Securing international protection for interpreters in conflict zones


Linda Fitchett, former President of the International Association of Conference Interpreters/Association Internationale des Interprètes de Conférence (AIIC)

Maya Hess, CEO & Founder, Red T

Lewis Kett, Duncan Lewis Solicitors

16 July 2018

Languages TEDx: Five quick-fire presentations on language innovations in the UK


  1. New data on the state of MFL teaching and learning in England: 2018 Language Trends survey: Vicky Gough, British Council
  2. New interactive mapping of language teaching & research in the UK from the British Academy: Neil Kenny, Lead Fellow for Languages, and Maxime Delattre, Policy Adviser, British Academy
  3. New centres of excellence in bilingual education: Domini Stone, Westminster University; & Emmanuelle Labeau, Aston University.
  4. Real Lives examinations – Chartered Institute of Linguists: Nick Mair, Dulwich College and Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association.
  5. New DfE MFL Hubs: Ian Bauckham, Chair of the Teaching Schools Council’s MFL pedagogy review.

11 October 2018

Working together: How universities can boost language learning in schools and the wider community – lessons from Wales.


Prof Claire Gorrara, University of Cardiff and Chair of the University Council on Modern Languages

Lucy Jenkins, National Coordinator for the MFL Student Mentoring Project in Wales

Students and mentors participating in Routes Into Languages Cymru and the MFL Student Mentoring Project

5 November 2018

Annual General Meeting of the APPG

Fighting transnational organised crime in 2018: improving police communication across languages


Joanna Drugan, Professor of Translation, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich; Principal Investigator, Transnational Organised Crime and Translation (TOCAT) research project

Jenni Heggs, Detective Inspector, Leicestershire Police; Staff Officer to Chief Constable Simon Cole

Jo Taylor, Policing Standards Manager for Investigation and Forensics, College of Policing

In 2018 the APPG also supported two other events: 

Roundtable Discussion: Language skills and intercultural understanding for UK businesses working with China chaired by B. Garden

Reception to celebrate the Arts & Humanities Research Council's Open World Research Initiative - a four-year flagship research programme demonstrating the value of modern languages hosted by Stephen Kinnock MP



23 October 2017

An end to “shambolic”? Evaluating the MoJ’s £120m contract for providing court interpreters


Stephen Bishop, Executive Director of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI)

Tim Connell, Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

17 July 2017:

Inaugural meeting of the APPG MFL

British Council Language Trends survey 2017: the state of language teaching in schools in England


Teresa Tinsley, Alcantara Communications (lead researcher)

The outcome of the election of Officers was as follows:

Chair: Nia Griffith MP (Labour)

Co-Chair: Baroness Coussins (Crossbench)

Vice-Chairs: Sir David Amess MP (Conservative), Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour), Lord Dykes (Crossbench) and Baroness Garden of Frognal (Liberal Democrat).

21 March 2017

Languages, the World Service, and Soft Power - A meeting with Fran Unsworth, Director, BBC World Service.


Fran Unsworth, Director, BBC World Service

30 January 2017

The future of language teaching? The DfE’s Mandarin Excellence Programme: a meeting with its leaders, schools and students.


Philippa Vallely, UCL IOL Confucius Institute for Schools 

Students and teachers from Anglo European School, Essex

Ministry of Justice: Damian McCleave (HMCTS Senior Head of Contracted Services) and Mark Stewart (HMCTS Deputy Director Central Operations)

The Big Word (holders of the contract): Diane Cheesebrough (Deputy CEO) and Paul Evans (Global Sales Director)

The Language Shop (external evaluators of the contract): Jaimin Patel (Managing Director) and Sam Lingard (MoJ Contract Manager)



21 November 2016

Teaching Schools Council Review of Pedagogy in Secondary Language Teaching.


Ian Bauckham, Tenax Schools Trust; author of the Review.

24 October 2016

Languages & exports, post-Brexit


Susannah Poulton, Trade Adviser, International Communications based in Cambridge, UK

Mike Josypenko, Director of Special Projects, Institute of Exports

13 July 2016

Languages in our universities: sink or swim? To what extent is the decline in MFL degress mitigated by the increase in institution-wide language programmes (IWLPs)?


Dr Peter Skrandies, London School of Economics

Jocelyn Wyburd, University of Cambridge Language Centre and Chair, UCML

Dr Stephen Forcer, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham

Dr Christine Hoffmann, UCL

4 May 2016

Language Trends 2016: the state of MFL in schools in England


Teresa Tinsley, Alcantara Communications (lead researcher)

26 January 2016

Global graduates: the strategic importance to the UK of increasing the international experience of UK graduates


Anne-Marie Graham, Head of Programme, Outward Student Mobility, UK Higher Education International Unit

Lizzie Fane, Founder, ThirdYearAbroad.com



21 October 2015

‘Born Global’ – British Academy final report: languages, education and employment.


Bernardette Holmes, University of Cambridge – lead researcher 

1 July 2015

The successful implementation of primary languages


Dr Marina Dixon, Primary Languages Adviser, Schools’ Choice, Suffolk LA

Lara Townsend, Languages Independent Adviser, Suffolk Lead Key Practitioner

18 March 2015:

The UK’s need for lesser-taught languages: what can be done? [Part 2 of the previous meeting on the strategic need for these languages; focussing on the supply-side]


Luljeta Nuzi is the founder of Shpresa Programme

Martin Pinder, Honorary Secretary, 'pro bono', Newham Partnership for Complementary Education

Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools

Teresa Tinsley, Alcantara Communications

28 January 2015

The UK’s strategic need for lesser-taught languages.


Dr Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic studies at Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Martyn Roper, UK Deputy Ambassador to China



22 October 2014

Reform of A Levels and GCSE in Modern Languages


Stephen Parker. Chair of the ALCAB Panel for Modern and Classical Languages.

Katrin Kohl, Professor of German Literature and Vice-Chair, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

Bernardette Holmes, Cambridge University

16 July 2014

Opportunities for the UK through Erasmus+.


Ruth Sinclair-Jones, Director, Erasmus+ UK National Agency, British Council

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters 

And two young graduates who benefited from Erasmus+

14 May 2014

Languages in Government - with particular reference to the British Academy’s Lost for Words; and the report of the Lords Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence.


Lord Wallace of Saltaire has kindly agreed to speak for the Government. He is the spokesperson in the Lords for the Cabinet Office and Whip responsible for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and is a member of the Civil Service Reform Board.

David Thomas, Head of International Skills Unit, Human Resources Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Lord Howell of Guildford

12 March 2014

The plight of MFL in Wales [marking the closure of CILT Cymru, the national centre for languages in Wales].


Ceri James, CILT Cymru

Prof Claire Gorrara, University of Cardiff

Sarah Grain,Eriez Magnetics Europe

 22 January 2014:

The languages industry in the UK – successes and challenges’


Gary Muddyman, CEO of Conversis Global, based in Oxfordshire, which specialises in international copywriting, multilingual translations and localisation.



5 December 2013

Are Modern Languages degrees on the road to extinction?


Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK.  

Prof Jim Coleman, Open University & Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages

23 October 2013

How British People can – and should – use language skills at work. 


John Wastnage, Head of Employment & Skills, British Chamber of Commerce

Juliet Park, Director MFL, Yewlands Technology College, Sheffield

17 July 2013

Ensuring effective implementation of languages at Key Stage 2.


Alison Peacock, Headteacher, The Wroxham School

Christopher Toye, Executive Headteacher, Wyvil Primary School and Centre for Children with Speech and Language Impairment

15 May 2013

Opportunities and challenges of the curriculum changes on the teaching of languages.


Elizabeth Truss, MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education and Childcare

Carolyn Robson OBE, Executive Headteacher at Rushey Mead School

13 March 2013

The impact on the teaching of modern languages of current educational reforms.


Carmen Wotton and Marc Cavey, DfE National Curriculum Review team. 

Carolyn Robson OBE, Executive Headteacher at Rushey Mead School in Leicester

23 January 2013

What can the teaching of languages and sports learn from each other?


Baroness Campbell, Chair of UK Sport 

Baroness Garden, Government Whip in the Lords with ministerial responsibility for education in Business Innovation and Skills and Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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