“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

- Nelson Mandela -


Curriculum Vision 

In the MFL department we aim to bring a joy to language learning. We provide excellent teaching and learning to ensure all learners achieve their full potential when communicating in a foreign language. The curriculum is designed to not only boost confidence in language learning and linguistic ability, but also to encourage interest in other languages and cultures, whilst teaching pupils to be resilient in their efforts.  We will build up a curriculum of skills that will encourage lifelong learning and equip pupils with the competencies they need to become an empathetic and openminded global citizen.    

Curriculum Overview 


Term 1 

Term 2 

Term 3 

Y7 French 

The Basics 

My Family 


Likes and Dislikes 


Where I live 

Review and Consolidation  

Y8 French 

Sports and Hobbies 

Daily Routine, Health and Fitness 

School and Future Plans 



Review and Consolidation 

Y9 French 

Family and Relationships 

Festivals and Celebrations 

My Local Area 

The World Around Us 

Review and Consolidation 

Y10 Spanish 

Identity and Culture 

Local Area, Holiday and Travel 


Review and Consolidation 

Y11 French  

Future Aspirations, Study and Work 

International and Global Dimensions 

Speaking Review / Consolidation / Exam Practice 

Consolidation / Exam Practice 


University and Careers


The Key Stage 5 curriculum is an area that we are currently in the process of developing. Completing an A Level will prepare pupils for a language degree or language combined course. The wide range of topics covered over two year and the study of works (texts and film) prepares pupils for the academic and research demands of a Languages degree. Languages courses at university offer you the chance to study an individual modern language or combine two or more ( often including history, literature, culture, and politics); translation and interpreting, as well as linguistics.


Communicating in another language complements any career. Languages make a perfect match alongside any subjects at A-Level and degree level (EG/ French and law, Spanish and history). Furthermore, it is considered a “facilitating subject” at A Level meaning it will help you get into the top universities, even if you do not plan to study languages at degree level.   

Some popular careers involving languages are listed below, but the list in not exhaustive as languages really do compliment every job:   

  • Translator/interpreter - This is a career available in every industry and you could find yourself working in the media (e.g. writing subtitles/dubbing films), sport (translating for athletes) or for governments (e.g. translating at the European parliament or in negotiations between two countries).   
  • Journalism - Reporting for the international media or in different countries around the world.  
  • International companies (including British based ones) regularly require their employees to speak two languages to allow them to work in different countries. They would rather hire someone who speaks a language over someone that doesn’t, no matter how much you know.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FLUENT AND KNOW EVERY WORD.  
  • Law – working with people in this country who don’t speak English or people who need help for issues abroad.  
  • Tourism - People who speak another language are a huge asset for working at airports, hotels, as air cabin crew and even as tour guides.   
Career Pathways for Languages

All jobs suit a languages graduate owing to the range of skills you gain. A few common careers for those that have studied languages are:

  • Working for an international company
  • Sales manager in the UK
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Jobs in the travel industry (in an airport, customer service, an airline company)
  • Working for an international charity
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Intelligence Operative
  • Working in a consulate

A previous Google study of recruitment and career progression data since 1998 showed that skills learnt by learning a second language were seen by employers as the most desirable.

Examples of apprenticeships that relate to languages:

The MFL Team

The MFL team at Barnsley Academy is united by a passion for learning and teaching languages. We encourage a culture of questions and draw on our rich experiences as language learners ourselves, as well as former residents of Francophone and Hispanophone countries, to respond and motivate our students to achieve highly across all language skills, drawing on up to date research in the field of language learning.

  • Mrs Harriet Edge - Head of Languages
  • Ms Kelly Glendinning – Teacher of Languages and Teacher of PHSE
  • Ms Eilidh Smith – Teacher of Languages
  • Ms Miriam Milson - Teacher of Languages and Head of Year
  • Mr Stephen Pitcher - Teacher of Languages and Senior Vice Principal

More Information

For more information on our curriculum please contact:

Mrs Harriet Edge
Head of MFL