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News - 15 July 2014

The teaching of modern languages needs to improve.

 The All-Party Parliamentary Group on modern languages wants to see a "national recovery programme" to improve language skills, and want all parties to make this an election pledge.

 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The APPG has been gathering evidence on the impact of poor language skills on the UK economy and its standing in the world. It suggests businesses are struggling to fill posts and are losing out on export opportunities estimated at £50bn a year.”
 
The group has put together its own manifesto for languages, which it has already presented to the main party leaders, Baroness Coussins, chairman of the APPG, said: "The next government will need to take clear, urgent and coherent action to upgrade the UK's foreign language skills.
 
She added: "We're looking for an acknowledgement of this issue in all the parties' manifestos for the next general election, backed up by some specific policy commitments.
 
The call comes shortly after university application figures revealed a 5% drop in language candidates. In 2012, the European Commission research revealed 9% of 15-year-olds are competent in their first foreign language in the UK, compared with 42% in 14 other European countries.
 
The Department for Education said £350,000 was being spent in England in the next year to help primary and secondary teachers improve their teaching of languages.
 
A spokesman added: "We are making it compulsory for children to learn a foreign language from age seven to 14, a move supported by 91% of respondents to our consultation on languages in primary schools.
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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