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MP delighted with investment for Foreign Language Learning.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn has welcomed the announcement by Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, of an increased investment of £115 million to support language teaching over the next three years.


The extra investment is being used to recruit and train a further 6,000 primary teachers with a language specialism, as well as to increase the number of specialist language schools. The investment is also aimed at encouraging international links, school twinning and develop teacher exchange programmes. Already 50% of secondary schools in Britain are twinned with schools overseas and over 11,000 pupils and teachers participated in exchanges in 2003-4.


Meg said of the announcement;


‘I am delighted that the government is putting extra investment into language learning. With business links with overseas concerns becoming increasingly common speaking another language is a real asset.’


‘There are excellent examples of primary schools, such as Greenhill Primary in my own constituency, where languages are being taught at an early age. Something I was able to observe first hand when visiting the school early last year. I studied languages at college and have enjoyed the opportunity I had to learn more about people in other countries.’


Each existing and new specialist language school, such as Meadowhead Secondary School, wishing to take a second specialism in languages is set to benefit from an additional £30,000 per year in funds. This will enable them to work with education authorities, universities and regional partners in promoting language learning - in particular in primary schools and among 14-16 year olds.

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