Modern Foreign Languages

Our Curriculum Intent 

At Clayton Hall Academy, the MFL Faculty has been established to serve the needs of the community by nurturing a multi-lingual, multi-literate and multi-cultural experience, preparing students to be thoughtful, engaged and educated citizens of a globally aware society. 

This is underpinned by Gold Standard Quality First Teaching meaning high quality inclusive teaching, together with our continuous whole school processes for assessing, planning, implementing, tracking, monitoring and reviewing student’s progress, we specifically pledge to develop: 

  • Student autonomy 
  • Actively involved and engaged learning 
  • Cultural enrichment and awareness 
  • Communication capabilities and 
  • Skills specific to the study of International Studies 


Gold Standard Teaching and Learning across the Faculty 

(and subject specific to MfL) 

  • Effective seating plans to be available, highlighting students who are PP, SEN and G&T 
  • Assessment maps and mini maps, interweaved with PLC’s, to be integral in developing a students’ autonomy and understanding of their own progression and target setting 
  • Retrieval and retention low stakes testing and interleaving. 
  • Target Language to be used by the teacher and students, so that the students are immersed in the world of the language (as they would be abroad), thus maximising the potential for retention and retrieval. 
  • Regular use of subject specific terminology (supporting Tier 3 Language Skills) to be used by the teacher and students, across both Key Stages, , so that the students retention skills are developed, supporting the higher grades at GCSE Level.   
  • A range of skills – Listening, speaking, reading and writing with as much use of conversational exercises as possible to increase the confidence of students in the target language which then opens up the learning for the grammatical side of things 
  • Appropriate differentiation 
  • Stretch and challenge through questioning, modelling (both student and teacher) and via the variety of tasks set 
  • Assessment for learning 
  • Effective use of summative data to inform short, medium and long term planning 
  • DIRT 
  • Pair work, group work and independent work 



Key Stage 4 Examination Overview 

Exam Board Details: AQA GCSE MFL 

The course is divided into four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students will take a final examination in all 4 skills. This will take place at the end of the course in Year 11.  Each examination is worth 25% of the total grade.   


What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child? 


Get any Revision Guide and workbook for the schools’ price of £2.70* (RRP £5.99) 

These books can also be purchased from Amazon but for a higher price. 


What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use? – your child will be issued a user name and password by their class teacher 


What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in SUBJECT? 

Foreign language film and music is a great way way to engage your child and stimulate their cultural interest.  

For film and TV, there are many titles available on both Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

Alternatively, has much to offer. Please ask your child’s teacher for recommendations. is a good way to introduce your child to a wide range of genres of foreign language music. 


Email Links 

To find out more about the curriculum we are studying please contact staff via email