Early language initiative – Primary school UK

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Hucknall National C of E Primary School (UK)

1. Profile of school

1.1 Main characteristics

This is a larger than average sized primary school with 450 pupils. It is state funded and coeducational, and the majority of the children have English as their mother tongue. The school is an amalgamated infant and junior school, which opened as a full primary school in September 2006.


1.2 Language teaching in the schools

The language of tuition in the school is English and the majority of children are from homes where English is the mother tongue. French is introduced in the school at Key Stage 2 when the children are about 9 years old. Approximately 60 % of the children participate. There are no language assistants in the school but three members of the staff have been funded by the British Council for a three month exchange programme in France. As a result, the school now cooperates and has a ‘twinning’ agreement with a school near Nancy.

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