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Can The Collapse of Languages Learning in England Be Reversed By A New Government Strategy ?

The breath-taking decline in children learning modern foreign languages in England is costing the country billions of pounds in lost trade. Simon Sharron talks to Joe Fincham, Head of Modern Languages at Blatchington Mill School, to find out how the government plans to push the MFL boulder back up the hill.

To stem the decline in languages teaching in maintained secondary schools in England the Department for Education established The National Centre for Language Pedagogy (NCELP) as a research led programme, co-managed by The University of York and The Cam Academy Trust. It works in partnership with university researchers, teacher educators and expert practitioners, and with 18 Specialist Teachers in nine Leading Schools across the country acting as language hubs, to improve language curriculum design and pedagogy.

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