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Specialist subject teachers to teach primary children as young as five

The government plans to bring in specialist subject teachers, including languages teachers, to teach children as young as five. Michael Gove, Education Secretary, said the move would put state-educated pupils on par with those in fee-paying schools who get primary specialist teaching in core subjects such as maths and sciences.  As part of the reforms, […]

Fostering Foreign Languages in UK Schools. A European Perspective.

The European Commission Representation in the UK is hosting an event at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU at 4pm on Thursday 3 November entitled ‘Fostering Foreign Languages in UK Schools. A European Perspective’. The event will aim to show the viability of achieving good results in foreign languages in primary and secondary […]

Hackney Head is new Ofsted Chief Inspector

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of one of the most successful schools in England, is to become the new chief inspector of schools and children’s services. Sir Michael was knighted for services to education in 2000 and responsible for turning Mossbourne Academy, in a deprived part of East London, into one of England’s best performing […]

Japan Conference for Schools comes to Embassy of Japan, 14th October

The aim of The Japan Conference for Schools is to encourage wider participation, learning and adoption of Japanese into UK schools. The event is open to primary and secondary schools as well as sixth form colleges, local authorities and SEN’s. The day will be beneficial both to schools with an existing Japan-related programme of study as […]

Gove sets out proposals for modern languages

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wants to ensure modern languages are taught from the age of five. Speaking to the Guardian ahead of the Conservative Party Conference he said that understanding a foreign language helps you to understand English better. Gove, who admits to being a poor linguist himself, was recently able to address a group of […]

Multilingual Shakespeare season planned for 2012

Each of William Shakespeare’s 38 plays is to be performed in a different language, including Lithuanian, Spanish and Greek, as part of celebrations to mark the 2012 Olympic Games. The six week season will kick off on 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday, with visitors to London’s Globe Theatre treated to the Taming of the Shrew in […]

Free, downloadable LinkedUp resources online

Over 100 sets of free, downloadable resources for teachers of primary, secondary and post-16 languages are now available online covering a wide range of languages and themes. These materials have been created and tested by groups of practising teachers and others working with languages and with new projects being added on a weekly basis, there’s […]

Poor language skills leave the UK out of European Union jobs

The Head of the European Parliament’s London information office has warned of a “serious problem” due to the UK’s under-representation in EU institutions, as not enough British workers are equipped with the necessary language skills. Only 5 % of the jobs in the European Parliament and Commission are taken by British workers although the UK […]

Banbury School head teacher wants to cut second language

Dr Fiona Hammans, a head teacher in Oxfordshire, has said in a BBC Oxford report that she should not be forced to teach foreign languages to her pupils and furthermore a 12 year-old with a reading age of six did not benefit from learning French or German. Full story at bbc.co.uk

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