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Schools 'to put focus on grammar'

Boy taking a test Education Secretary Michael Gove is set to unveil a raft of changes to the national curriculum

An overhaul of the national curriculum in primary schools in England will put a new focus on spelling and grammar, the education secretary is to announce.

Michael Gove is also due to propose making it compulsory to learn a foreign language from the age of seven, under plans to be unveiled later this week.

It would be the first time languages have been mandatory at primary level.

The plans will be put out to public consultation later in the year, ahead of a planned introduction in 2014.

The proposals come amid a decline in pupils taking foreign languages at GCSE.

In 2010, 43% of GCSE pupils were entered for a language, down from a peak of 75% in 2002.

Under Mr Gove's plans, primary schools could offer lessons in Mandarin, Latin and Greek, as well as French, German and Spanish from September 2014.

The Department for Education said that where English teaching was concerned, the aim was to ensure that pupils leave primary school with high standards of literacy.

A systematic approach to the teaching of phonics as a basis for teaching children would be advocated to help pupils to become fluent readers and good spellers, it said.

The plans are expected to emphasise the importance of grammar, setting out exactly what children should be expected to be taught in each year of their primary schooling, as well as giving lists of words they should be able to spell.

The study of poetry would also become important at primary school, the department said.

Pupils would be read poems by their teacher, learn simple poems by heart and practice recitals from the age of five.

The Department for Education said Mr Gove was determined to make English teaching at primary schools "more rigorous".

A spokesman said the programme of study being proposed would "demand higher standards from pupils aged five to 11, with a higher expectation of what children should know as they go through primary school".

He added: "The government is publishing the draft programme of study for primary school English now for an informal consultation so that everybody has a chance to comment on and discuss them.

"Some will think aspects are too demanding, others that they are not demanding enough, and there will be debate around what is appropriate at different ages."

The spokesman said the public debate would be considered and the programme would be redrafted before being republished later in the year for a formal consultation.

The final programme is set to be introduced in primary schools from September 2014.


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