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Foreign Language Teachers

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many native Spanish speakers are currently teaching Spanish in maintained schools;(2) how many teachers of French nationality are currently teaching French in maintained schools;(3) how many teachers of German nationality are currently teaching German in maintained schools.

I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. In maintained schools in England in 1984 there were 1,834, 19,694 and 5,890 teachers of, respectively, Spanish, French and German. It is not known how many of these were of Spanish, French or German nationality or were native speakers of those languages. There are also 163 Spanish, 1,760 French and 481 German language assistants currently in England and Wales, most of whom are teaching in maintained schools and are native speakers.