Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

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Campaign for foreign languages in primaries

The Conservative opposition in Wales has launched a campaign to introduce modern foreign languages in primary schools from the age of seven. Studying a language is currently only compulsory at key stage 3, with the numbers of pupils taking GCSE French and German plummeting since 1999. The Conservatives want Wales to become a trilingual nation and hope the move will improve standards in English and Welsh. The Labour-led government in Cardiff Bay shied away from making foreign languages compulsory in primary schools in 2008, despite the former Labour government in London pledging to do so in England by 2011. Those plans were dropped when the coalition government came to power.

Voice elects new general secretary

Deborah Lawson has been elected as the new general secretary of Voice, the smallest national teachers' union. Currently working in Gloucestershire County Council's early childhood services team as the commissioning manager for the childcare market, Ms Lawson replaces the recently retired Philip Parkin, who had led the union since 2006. Ms Lawson was already a member of Voice's national council and held the role of chairman in 2006- 7. She defeated her only challenger, Ian Toone, after receiving 58 per cent of the votes and is expected to take up the position shortly.

Report reveals impact of Pounds 9K fees on disadvantaged

The number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds applying for university has so far not been disproportionately affected by the introduction of Pounds 9,000 tuition fees, a report says. …

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