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Languages: Primary Education

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to provide additional training and resources to support primary school teachers teaching foreign languages.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

As stated in the answer to the noble Lady’s question at HL Deb, 24 October 2014, c113W, the Government is providing funding of £1.8 million over two years for continuing professional development for primary and secondary teachers to support delivery of the new modern languages curriculum. The training is being funded through nine organisations whose performance will be monitored against the agreements the Department for Education is making with them.

In addition, the National College for Teaching and Leadership is funding a number of teaching school alliances to develop and deliver a range of post-initial teacher training subject knowledge enhancement courses in shortage subjects. Five of these alliances have included modern languages as a subject focus for their provision, and one of these is primary phase.

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