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Schools: Primary Curriculum

Volume 713: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the recommendations made by Sir Jim Rose in his review of the primary curriculum, what level of funding is available for the workforce development programme in support of language learning for the current year; and what funding was available in each of the last five years. [HL5721]

The level of funding this year and in the past five years is set out in the table below. We have given increased funding through local authorities via the Standards Fund to support the teaching of languages in primary schools—£32.5 million in 2009-10. Schools can use this for a variety of purposes, including paying for in-service training for teachers and teaching assistants.

In addition, the Government have provided funding to the Training and Development Agency for Schools for a primary initial teacher training (ITT) course in a languages specialism and, more recently, for additional training routes to increase the language qualification levels of the primary workforce; to CILT, the National Centre for Languages, to run training courses for local authority staff and schools on practical classroom activities, teaching practice and methodology; and to the British Council to run the Primary Teacher Project, through which primary teachers undertake a two-week programme of language tuition through a partner school in Europe, to develop their confidence and linguistic competence.

Standards Fund

TDA Primary ITT course in a languages specialism

TDA additional training routes

CILT training courses

British Council 2 week primary teacher project

2009-10

£32,500,000

1,550,000

124,735

1,154,279

287,970

2008-09

£32,500,000

1,334,460

160,800 (first year)

1,776,000

272,742

2007-08

£27,500,000

1,528,762

1,385,720

255,000

2006-07

£21,986,000

£1,221,449

1,682,300

345,590 (first year ran from Jan 06 to Mar 07)

2005-06

4,992,000 (first year)

£914,880

450,000

2004-05

£547,000

350,000