The Links into Languages programme has now closed. Please be aware that this page is no longer actively maintained and the information contained within it may be out of date.
Information on the project and our funding
Following the government's decision to give greater autonomy to schools in matters of professional development, the Department for Education decided not to extend the contract awarded to the Links into Languages programme beyond March 2011. This legacy website is maintained in order to showcase the achievements of Links, and to share the resources that the programme produced, in particular through the LinkedUp Award Scheme.
The vision of Links into Languages was to build on and extend the existing learning community of language teachers, educators and all those working in the world of languages across primary, secondary and further education institutions. Links offered high quality continuing professional development courses written and delivered by expert practitioners. To maximise accessibility, Links courses were offered through a network of Links Regional and Local Centres.
Links Regional Centres were a nationally co-ordinated network of centres based in universities, in each of the nine English regions, supported in turn by a network of over 100 local centres. You can hear what some of Links' local partners had to say about working with these centres in a series of case studies.
In April 2011, the Network for Languages was launched to in order to build on the achievements of the Links regional centres.
Links into Languages was a consortium led by the Subject Centre for Languages (LLAS) at the University of Southampton with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and the Association for Language Learning (ALL). Within the consortium, LLAS was responsible for managing the Links programme as a whole, SSAT commissioned and managed the development of the Links Core Courses, and ALL managed the LinkedUp Award Scheme.
Working in partnership with Routes into Languages, other providers, including CILT, the National Centre for Languages and all the major stakeholders, Links sought to ensure that those working in the field of languages have clear information, advice and guidance about all the support services available.