Thank you to everyone who came to our annual PML forum. It was great to see so many familiar faces, as well as new ones. W felt that we really honed down on the key topics surrounding resources, and the other issues surrounding PML. We hope to see you all on the 4th of March for our Half Day - Why Latin? forum!

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Our Half day Conference is on the 4th of March of 2016! Please see here for more infomration.

The chief OfSTED inspector has announced that both Languages and Science are being marginalised in the primary curriculum. Sir Michael Wilshaw said that Science and Languages have become the "poor relations" off the curriculum. Not enough time is being spent teaching Languages and Science, instead they are being pusghed aside by the teaching of Mathematics and English which is dominating the curriculum.

These comments have backed up our watching brief over the last two decades.

Please see here for the full detail:

We have just published a report into how ESL/AL funding has been allocated over the past 50 years. Starting with Section 11 funding, followed by EMAG anmd ending up with new funding formula released in 2012.

Click here to read it in full!

Ken Millins CBE has just started teaching himself Spanish at the age of 96!

So this is a first in a series of interviews to find out what really drives Ken to perform this extraordinary feet.

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Annual modern languages conference within the Primary School Setting

(KS1 and KS2)

Date:   8th FEBRUARY , MONDAY ,2016

Venue: Coram Fields

            93 Guilford St, London, WC1N 1DN

Time:   10am (9.30 registration) – 4.30p.m.

Fees:    Early bird:  £75.00 by 11th January 2016

            Standard:   £88.00

            Student:     £30.00

All fees inclusive of refreshments, handouts/Powerpoint and a thorough follow up


blen is a dedicated, not for profit, teacher centred forum for all teachers who teach a modern language in Local Authority and independent primary schools. This particular programme has been supporting primary modern languages for almost two decades (see testimonials) !!

Hilary Blackford has been a longstanding attendee of blen conferences but finally, after many years in the profession, she has moved from teaching onto pastures new. Many thanks to her for sending us this lovely email!
"I have always respected your approach to teachers' conferences. They have always been so informative and valuable. I still use some of the ideas I have gleaned over the years. Thank you very much. I hope that they continue to be as popular and successful in the future. I am sure that they will. ... Your conferences really do hit the right note."

A new Article has been posted in Latin, re-releasing some of our earlier research, in a nerw context. Please go to the Latin page to get the full details of the interview with Pamela Sebag-Montefiore!

Below is a very interesting article based on the research conducted by Andrea Machelli. Very topical as multiculturalism takes a grip on the UK.



The final date of this year’s highly-anticipated Primary Modern Languages Conference will be Monday, 22nd June.

The iPad workshop will follow on Saturday 27th June.

See here for more info!



blen offers a wide array of resources which are no longer available or are out of print. You can request and buy them here:

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blen is a non-profit, forward looking, dedicated, education forum with an interest in language education and literacy in the widest sense. Currently we have six areas of specialism, corresponding to the acronyms at the top of the page; however, our main aim is to emphasise the common thread between these areas.

We deal with key stages 2 and 3 (yrs 7 - 14) and participants at our events find the experience very enjoyable, stimulating and useful. Our comprehensive range of publications and resources are listed and available for purchase.

Of special interest this autumn term with the statutory requirement of teaching a modern language in KS2, we are hosting a series of workshops to take place after half term in October, November and December. All the contributors are chosen for the quality of their experience and delivery.

Please check back here for more details coming soon, alternatively, feel free to contact the administrator via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.