From September, teaching a foreign language becomes compulsory in our primary schools.
The Government’s new curriculum explains that schools can teach any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language.
The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at secondary school. But what language should we teach, have we got the expertise to deliver it and is it valuable?
Foreign language teaching in primary schools is not a new idea. Approximately 97% of primaries already do some language teaching with their seven to 11-year-olds and have done so for many years.
Read Steve’s full column in tomorrow’s people’s paper (24 April).