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Language Learning

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support his Department is making available to primary schools to ensure primary school pupils have the opportunity to learn a second language as early as possible. (80893)

Our commitment is that by the end of this decade every key stage 2 pupil will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language.

Between 2005 and 2008 we are investing £115 million to support our National Languages Strategy, £60 million of this will specifically support primary schools in introducing language learning programmes. This includes initial teacher training for new primary teachers with a language specialism, and in service training for teaching and non-teaching staff.