All children are to be taught a foreign language from the age of seven, the U.K. Government will announce this week.
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, will say that subjects such as French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin or Greek will be made a compulsory part of the primary school timetable for the first time.
Ministers hope the move will make pupils better-equipped to compete in a global economy while reversing the “damaging collapse” in GCSE language take-up.
Currently about one in ten state primary schools offers no language lessons at all and a further 20 per cent only offer it to some year groups, according to the most recent official figures.
The move to make languages a requirement from age seven will form part of a new primary National Curriculum, taking effect in 2014. Read more …