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 Champion.

How much does it cost?

Go Cornish For Primary Schools is 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 then submit your Run Around Survey. Then, we’ll send you a link to join the Champion Orientation Session and give you a login for the Go Cornish Portal, to access the 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.

Can more than one person attend the Champion Orientation session?

A pre-recorded Champion Orientation session will be made available for the Go Cornish Champion, that can also be shared with colleagues. We ask that at least one Go Cornish representative from your school completes the Champion Orientation session.

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 award 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 required to view a recorded Champion Orientation session. Should you need further support throughout the programme, you can contact the team on [email protected] and we will be happy to help. 

What is the ‘Kryw 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. For the assessment we ask for your evidence in the form of pictures, video and audio so, we suggest you make yourself an electronic folder from day one and save your evidence as you go. 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.

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 and a printed certificate. Your digital badge can then be displayed in various settings such as on your website and brochures. Schools are also able to purchase a Go Cornish Award plaque, these can be mounted indoors or outdoors and show a lasting commitment to your Bronze Award. Designed by Go Cornish and made in Redruth, these are available to Go Cornish schools at a cost of £40+VAT including wall fixings, please let us know if you would like to order one when you submit your Bronze Award evidence.

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.