Promoting languages and language learning across Portsmouth

Welcome to the Portsmouth City of Languages project!

This is a joint initiative launched by the city’s language providers, the Local Authority and other interested groups to showcase good practice in language provision at all levels, signpost to resources and develop networks, as well as celebrating languages in the city.

Building on similar initiatives across the UK, the Portsmouth Education Partnership website will regularly update the community on language-related events in and around Portsmouth. It will also seek to create new partnerships between local stakeholders that can further strengthen language learning and language-related careers.


  • To celebrate all of the languages spoken and studied in our schools and communities;
  • To inspire everyone, whatever their age, to love and learn languages, both formally and informally;
  • To facilitate sharing the experience, skills and expertise of teachers (from nursery to KS5), the Solent Language Hub, members of Portsmouth City Council’s Education department and the staff and students at the University of Portsmouth;
  • To build relationships with all organisations and employers across Portsmouth, and beyond, who value languages and language learning;
  • To create and maintain a source of information and resources, housed on the Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) website, to act as a point of reference relating to language learning;
  • To engage parents in supporting their children’s language learning and understanding the value and importance of language learning, including for employability;
  • To offer continuing professional development to teachers through events and awareness-raising and to create opportunities for cultural capital across the city.

Key contacts

Liz Lord
ALL Portsmouth Primary Hub (Organiser) and Primary Lead, Solent Language Hub
Email: [email protected]

Tanya Riordan
University of Portsmouth
Email: [email protected]

Karen Thomas
Portsmouth City Council
Email: [email protected]

Paul Joyce
University of Portsmouth
Email: [email protected]



D-Day assembly for secondary pupils

When: Thursday 6 June 2024 | 9am

The British Council in partnership with the Normandy Memorial Trust are pleased to host a D -Day assembly on Thursday 6 June 2024 (the 80th anniversary of D-Day) at 9am for secondary pupils in France and in the UK.

With speakers from the Normandy Memorial Trust and GCHQ, this session will allow students to find out what happened on D-Day and what role codebreaking and secret information played. An expert from France will share information on the role of the French Resistance and the impact on French civilians. Students will be able to send questions in advance and via the chat during the event. The event will include a video from a D-Day veteran.

Register now


Celebrating Language Diversity at Charter Academy

Friday 22 March saw nearly 70 students at Charter Academy coming together to take part in a ‘Celebrating Language Diversity’ event run by EMAS and the University of Portsmouth  and based on a project run previously by Sarah Bawa-Mason and others as part of the Translation Nation Project 2010-2014.

Sharing research on linguistic minorities

On 26 June 2023, Eva Mikuska (University of Chichester) delivered a research paper for the School of Education, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth. This paper reported on the research carried out in Serbia among Hungarians who are not just ethnic minorities but also linguistic minorities.