Bernardette Holmes has advised government on current curriculum reform for modern languages in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. She is writer of the GCSE criteria for both modern and ancient languages and drafter of the new AS and A level Subject Content Criteria for French, German and Spanish and the less taught languages. She conceptualised Born Global, a major policy research project, funded by the British Academy, engaging key stakeholders from employment and education in a radical rethinking of languages education for 21st century Britain.
Bernardette is Campaign Director of Speak to the Future, advancing language capability in the UK, and Past President of the Association for Language Learning. During the National Strategy, Bernardette played a central role in articulating both the pedagogy and support structures needed for coherent language learning in primary and secondary schools. She oversaw the development and research for the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages and took part in the three-year longitudinal study of Languages Learning at Key Stage 2 for the DCSF (2010).
Bernardette received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2015 for services to languages education as a teacher and a modern languages advocate.