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Monday, 23 May 2011

"MFL should not be compulsory" says secondary head

An Oxfordshire head teacher has said she should not be forced to teach foreign languages to her pupils.

Dr Fiona Hammans from Banbury School said a 12-year-old with a reading age of six did not benefit from learning French or German.

She said: "They are so left behind and my real concern is that we don't leave them even further behind."

The school has now applied to become an academy so it is free from having to stick to the national curriculum.

Currently Banbury School is obliged to teach a second language to all its pupils until the age of 14.

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