Is the Cornish language officially recognised?

The Cornish language was given official recognition by the UK Government under the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2002 and this was reinforced as part of recognition for the Cornish as a national minority under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCPNM) in 2014.  

Government recognition led to the Cornish Language Strategy 2015-2025 which set out how we can all work together to increase use of Cornish, with young people being vital to the future of the language. The Creative Manifesto for Cornwall also recognises that our language helps make Cornwall’s culture and creative economy distinctive.  

Who can register?

Go Cornish for Primary Schools is currently available to primary schools and multi-academy trusts across Cornwall. Once your Head Teacher is happy for your school to take part, any teacher can be a Go Cornish representative and fill out the registration form. 

How much does it cost?

Go Cornish For Primary Schools is completely free to take part in, thanks to funding from Cornwall Council.  

How do I get started?

First, fill out our registration form and Statement of Commitment. We will then contact you with dates for our Welcome CPD Session, and give you a login for the Go Cornish Portal to access resources and get cracking! 

Do I have to speak Cornish to deliver the Go Cornish for Primary Schools programme?

Teachers don’t have to speak Cornish to deliver the Bronze award. Language support is available for teachers every step of the way, as your school progresses on to Silver and Gold. 

Who must attend the introductory CPD session?

When you fill out our registration form, we ask you to nominate a Go Cornish contact for your school. Ideally, this is the person we ask to attend the introductory CPD session along with your Head Teacher. 

Can more than one person attend the CPD session?

We ask that at least one Go Cornish representative from your school attends the CPD session. However, if there are more people wanting to attend, we are happy to accommodate up to three people per school. But a recording will also be made available for you to share with colleagues. 

How long does the process take?

Once you have received your Go Cornish Portal login, you have two years to complete your award. Once you’ve achieved your badge and celebrated, it is yours for two years. You can then decide whether you’re going to maintain it or progress to the next award level. 

We have Cornish language resources that we think schools could use. How can we include them in the Go Cornish programme?

We welcome external contributions to the Go Cornish programme, but these must be vetted by the Cornish Language Office and Go Cornish team first. If you are interested in submitting a resource, please send it to [email protected]

What support is available for teachers?

Before starting the Go Cornish for Primary Schools programme, your Go Cornish school contact is invited to a live online introductory CPD welcome session. This is an opportunity to ask questions, and find out everything about Go Cornish. Should you need further support throughout the programme, you can contact the team on [email protected] and we’d be happy to help. 

What is the ‘Krwy Kernewek’ (Cornish Crew)

Kryw Kernewek is how pupils can contribute ideas, engage peers with Go Cornish and help demonstrate your school’s commitment. 

At Bronze they have a limited role, supporting with things such as the run-around survey and your award assessment. However, as you progress to Silver and Gold their role becomes more important. They will be contributing ideas to the Go Cornish programme, involving fellow pupils, staff, families and the community, as well as helping with some of the admin tasks. 

How is Go Cornish for Primary Schools assessed?

The Go Cornish assessment has been designed to be as time efficient, low impact and enjoyable as possible. We ask that you complete a run-around survey at the start and end of the programme for us to determine your progress, and for your Kryw Kernewek to complete a checklist at the end of your award delivery. Here is more information about the assessment process.

When will I receive my award?

Once you have submitted your assessment questionnaire and evidence, you will be notified about your Go Cornish Award within four weeks. 

Your school will receive a digital badge, issued by Cornwall Council, along with information about how to access it in multiple formats. Your badge can then be displayed in various settings such as on your website, brochures and around school. 

What’s next?

Once you’ve achieved your badge and celebrated, it is yours for two years. You can then decide whether you’re going to maintain it or progress to the next award level. 

Have a question that isn’t listed here?

If you have a question that isn’t mentioned here, please feel free to contact us on [email protected] and we’d be happy to help.