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Teaching (Foreign Languages)

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in the East Riding of Yorkshire have been taught at least one foreign language in each of the last nine years; and if he will make a statement. (89260)

The Department does not collect data on the number of primary school children learning languages. However, the most recent Headspace survey indicated that 56 per cent. of all primary schools in England were offering language learning programmes to their pupils. The Department is able to provide details only on the number and percentage of pupils who were entered for a GCSE or A level foreign language and not those who were taught a foreign language in their time at secondary school. These figures were provided in the combined response to PQs 81445 and 81446.

To support primary language learning programmes in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the local authority was allocated £144,615.16 via the standards fund in 2006-07. The figure is made up of a lump sum of £80,000 and a pro rata amount for the added number of Key Stage 2 pupils within the authority.