Basic requirements

Schools that wish to receive the Language Friendly School label, commit to the basic requirements. 

  • We do not prohibit, discourage or punish the use of other languages at school
  • We do not allow exclusion or bullying around languages, dialects or accents
  • We nominate a Language Friendly School Coordinator
  • We develop a Language Friendly School plan together

Our Roadmap shows what Language Friendly Schools commit to, and provides ideas for activities as a school and in the classroom. Language Friendly Schools all have a different starting point, developing their plan based on what their school needs and what they can realistically accomplish. 

Benefits for schools
  • Professional learning network: Meetings with teachers and staff from other Language Friendly Schools, online meetings and in-person conferences.
  • One-on-one support meetings for your school's LFS plan
  • Online Platform
        Multilingual teaching strategies
        Videos and webinars
        Latest research findings
  • Project opportunities for teachers and school leaders 
  • Use of the logo and the name Language Friendly School / Taalvriendelijke School
  • Access to a network of experts and researchers
  • Showcasing the good practices at your school
  • A sustainable, context-sensitive approach to welcoming linguistic diversity
  • A language inclusive, anti-racist framework for educational equity

Key reasons to becoming a Language Friendly School

  • Equitable approach to education
  • Cognitive benefits for students
  • Including parents in the school