Languages: Primary Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 13th March 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary schools in England and Wales have modern language assistants teaching (1) French, (2) Spanish, and (3) German.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The requested information is not held by the department.

The School Workforce Census is the department’s main source of information on teacher and support staff numbers and the subjects taught by teachers. However, this census does not collect information on the subjects taught by primary school teaching staff or support staff.

The reformed National Curriculum in England makes it compulsory for pupils in maintained schools to be taught a foreign language in Key Stage 2.

Education in Wales is a devolved matter for the Welsh Government.

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