CIOL welcomes the news that UCL has been selected to lead a new nationwide UK Language Hubs programme, providing thousands of students across England with high quality language teaching via a centre of excellence.
Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), the scheme is backed by £14.9 million over the next three years and aims to increase uptake of languages qualifications in Key Stage 4 and 5 in English state-funded schools.
The programme will be led by IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education & Society, working with a consortium of stakeholders, including the Goethe-Institut and the British Council. It will involve the establishment of the National Consortium for Languages Education (NCLE) and a national network of up to 25 lead hub schools across England.
Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards said: “Our economy needs people who can communicate across the globe and trade with overseas businesses. This programme is about ensuring we have the next generation of young people with the languages needed to compete on the world stage."
Professor Li Wei (Director and Dean, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education & Society) said: “Language skills and intercultural understanding widen opportunities for individuals, communities and society. With our consortium partners, we are delighted to be taking forward this next step in re-energising language teaching in schools across the country, for all learners."