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CILT Primary Languages survey
CILT Primary Languages survey

"Calls for language learning to be made compulsory in primary schools have been made by over three quarters of local authority language advisors who took part in a survey by CILT, the National Centre for Languages."

Advisors, in responding to the survey, reported that over 80% of primary schools are offering language learning and that those schools want languages to have statutory status in the primary curriculum. However, they also expressed concern that this may not be possible due to uncertainty over funding past March 2011.

“There is an overwhelming demand for clear policy direction on languages to ensure that language teaching continues in primary schools. We have come a long way in the past five years but we need a long term commitment. The worry among local authority advisers is that without it the momentum will be lost”, said Therese Comfort, Head of Primary Languages at CILT.

A good sign for primary languages is that there are Headteachers who will continue with languages no matter what as they recognise the value of language learning and all it entails to their pupils.

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