Catching them young

26th January 2001 at 00:00
OCKER Hill Junior introduced French lessons for pupils seven years ago. Two mornings a week, nine, 10 and 11-year-olds learn the basics with teacher Lucy Kelly, writes Alison Brace.

"What we aim to do is send children out of here who are enthusiastic to learn modern languages. If we achieve that then we have hit the target," says Andy Tromans, head of the 240-pupil school in Sandwell in the West Midlands.

"We deliver all areas of the national curriculum - nothing suffers." <> Mr Tromans suggested the idea to governors after hearing how the Midlands was losing crucial business because employees were sometimes unable to respond to a simple telephone inquiry from abroad.

Last year the school joined a research project being run by the Department for Education and Employment and the Centre for Information on Language Teaching looking at how best to deliver modern languages at key stage 2.

The school has links with five European schools.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now