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Teach two languages to every child as part of the National Curriculum

Submitted by Rob Logan on Monday 1st February 2021

Published on Thursday 18th February 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 18th August 2021

Current Signatures: 8
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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30 years ~ Budget ~ Child ~ Children ~ Discovery ~ Education ~ It ~ Maths ~ National Curriculum ~ Primary ~ Primary schools ~ Schools ~ Scope ~ skills ~ Subjects ~ teaching ~ The National

Petition Action

Teach two languages to every child as part of the National Curriculum

Petition Details

The breadth of education in most subjects has improved over the last 30 years, but language teaching has gone backwards.

Most children only ever experience one foreign language, and can drop it entirely at 14. This puts them, and the nation, at a cultural and economic disadvantage in later life.

Additional Information

As a school governor and a parent of daughters in both secondary and primary schools, I know how far the standard of education has improved since I was at school - my children have better maths skills than I did at their age, greater appreciation of English grammar, and an opportunity to experience scientific and technological discovery to far greater degree.

But languages have been marginalised. In response to budget cuts and league table pressure, the scope of language teaching has narrowed.


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