Primary language learning to be compulsory from 7

10 Jun 2012

Under reforms to the National Curriculum in England, the Government has announced plans to make language learning compulsory from age 7. The new programmes of study, which are being published for consultation this week, are to be introduced in schools from September 2014.

Speak to the future welcomes the plans, which come in the wake of our response to the expert panel’s report earlier this year, where we made the case for introducing languages across the whole of Key Stage 2 (from age 7), rather than from age 9. There are many challenges ahead, not least in terms of funding, recruitment and training, and we will continue to play an active role in advising Government.

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