Compulsory Languages in Primary Schools


In September 2014, English primary schools have experienced an essential change in their curriculum. Learning a foreign language has been made compulsory in Key-Stage 2.

This was a step forward for primary education, that brought English schools closer to the European standard, where many countries teach a second language from the age of 7.

England, and London in particular, sees a multitude of languages that can be capitalised on for our children’s benefit. In the capital, more than 300 hundred different languages are spoken, according to a Daily Express investigation based on Department for Education data.

There are also numerous schools in which pupils who have English as their first language constitute a minority.

As British Council stated in 2015, a new language puts all children on the same footing. Teaching a foreign language in a primary school would bring a common challenge to both native and non-native English speaking pupils.