Foreign language learning in the primary school

On 14 December 2012, the European and External Relations Committee at Holyrood launched an inquiry into language teaching in Scottish primary schools, following research suggesting Scotland lags behind many other countries in linguistic skills.

The inquiry was conducted in three stages between December 2012 and June 2013 and consisted of visits to primary schools to discuss the issues with those most involved and evidence from stakeholders with an interest in the subject.

Key findings and recommendations to the Government was published in June 2013. Full details an be downloaded from the Scottish Parliament website.

The inquiry was covered extensively in the press:

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