School curriculum changes

From September 2014, it will be compulsory for all children over the age of seven to learn a foreign language at school.

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Foreign language 'keep fit' session idea explored for schools

Teachers taking part in a languages 'keep fit' session at Nottingham Trent University Credit: ITV News Central

Teachers from across the country have met up at Nottingham Trent University to prepare for a change in the curriculum which will make learning foreign languages compulsory from the age of seven.

It's due to come into force in September 2014.

One of the ideas explored at the conference is to combine teaching languages with physical exercise, using action songs and 'keep fit' sessions. These would take place for a few minutes regularly throughout the day, instead of the current practice of teaching a language for an hour once a week.

The Government is making extensive changes to the national curriculum. It says a consultation held last year found nine out of ten people in favour of making language learning compulsory in primary schools.

Changes to curriculum make learning a foreign language compulsory by 2014

Changes to the curriculum will make learning a foreign language compulsory from the age of seven by September 2014.

A conference has been held in Nottingham which has been preparing teachers for the change.

Teachers from across the country gathered at Nottingham Trent University for the event, 'Primary Languages: Back in the Spotlight'.

The aim was to explore new ways of making the subject of foreign languages fun.

It is something that we need to look at and improve on, because we are now in a global economy and we have got to prepare children for working in an international context.

– Alistair conquer, event organiser, nottingham city council

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Teachers meet in Nottingham to prepare for foreign language change to curriculum

Children at Haydn Primary School in Nottingham performing Little Red Riding Hood in Spanish Credit: ITV News Central

From September 2014, it will be compulsory for all children over the age of seven to learn a foreign language at school.

A conference in Nottingham has been preparing primary school teachers for a change to the curriculum which will make learning a foreign language compulsory from the age of seven.

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