The Languages Ladder is a national recognition scheme
developed to credit language learning achievement at all
levels. It was introduced as part of the government's National Languages Strategy and is
a voluntary system designed sit alongside the existing
framework of qualifications.
The Languages Ladder is intended for use by learners of all ages
and enables progress to be recognised in one or more of the four
skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), in one or more
It is based on a series of 'can do' statements
which describe what competence looks like at various stages of
learning, from Beginner to Mastery. There are six stages in total
with the first four further divided into three smaller
Depending on the stage the learner has reached, there may be
external or teacher assessment.
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Asset languages is the voluntary assessment scheme designed to
support the Languages Ladder. Asset languages
accreditation has been developed by Cambridge Assessment
through OCR and Cambridge ESOL.
You can take a look at Asset languages in action by reading
studies from primary schools using Asset
25 languages are now available for assessment.
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Making and marking progress
Making and Marking Progress is a
resource designed to map the progression of young language
learners along the Languages Ladder. It fits with any scheme of
work and contains activities relevant for any language.
The programme is being developed by Asset
Languages and CILT, on behalf of the DfE. Resources
are currently available for learners in Years 3
and 4 from the OCR