School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has this week announced that the University of York will be England’s first modern foreign languages Centre for Excellence.
The centre, which will be known as the Centre for Excellence for Languages Pedagogy, will work with schools to help more young people learn foreign languages. It is the latest in a series of government initiatives to build a nation of linguists.
The University will now coordinate the work of nine modern foreign languages hubs – leading schools that are working with other schools and sharing best practice – to boost the teaching of Spanish, French and German.
It was announced in the summer that Cardinal Hume School, based in Gateshead, will be one of the 9 Hub schools taking part in this initiative.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said “It is important to equip all young people, regardless of their backgrounds, with the language skills this country needs as an outward looking global nation.
“The hubs are already having a positive impact and this direction will help them go from strength to strength.”
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