Languages: Primary Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) how many primary schools in each London borough teach a modern foreign language;

(2) which modern foreign languages are taught in primary schools in London.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The table details the proportion of primary schools in each London borough which reported in autumn 2006 that they were teaching languages in class time. The data were obtained from ongoing research commissioned by the Department, which estimated the proportion of schools teaching languages in class time. The figures are based on a representative sample of maintained primary schools and the survey achieved a 48 per cent. response rate nationally.

The major languages taught in primary schools in London were French, German, Italian and Spanish. Other languages taught in a small number of schools included Chinese, Japanese, Urdu, Panjabi, Hebrew, Turkish, Albanian and Bengali.

London LAs Percentage of responding primary schools teaching languages in class time
Camden 100.00
Greenwich 78.57
Hackney 77.78
Hammersmith and Fulham 83.33
Islington 100.00
Kensington and Chelsea 83.33
Lambeth 81.25
Lewisham 50.00
Southwark 78.57
Tower Hamlets 25.00
Wandsworth 93.75
Westminster 100.00
Barking and Dagenham 100.00
Bamet 66.67
Bexley 100.00
Brent 71.43
Bromley 86.67
Croydon 63.16
Ealing 72.22
Enfield 86.67
Haringey 71.43
Harrow 100.00
Havering 86.67
Hillingdon 76.92
Hounslow 84.62
Kingston on Thames 66.67
Merton 91.67
Newham 90.91
Redbridge 57.14
Richmond upon Thames 100.00
Sutton 90.91
Waltham Forest 36.36

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