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Seafront interview by MP sets out government’s GCSE views

MP Nick GIBB has been interviewed on Bognor Regis seafront about how the government wants to see more students learning foreign languages.


Mr Gibb, who is also Theresa May’s schools standards minister, faced the camera at 6.30am last Friday standing next to the pier.


He was speaking on Good Morning Britain about the Department for Education’s proposals to boost the uptake of pupils who study a foreign language GCSE.


The plans feature nine centres of excellence across England in the teaching of foreign languages.


Their aim will be to spread best practice and encourage more young people to study a language.


Mr Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, said: “Currently, 47 per cent of young people study a foreign language to GCSE. We want that to rise further still.


“Languages are essential when it comes to understanding cultures and widening opportunities.


“Nearly two-thirds of employers say they value language skills among their employees.


“West Sussex is an important tourist area with 1.6 million visitors a year, of which 663,000 are from overseas, including 95,000 from France, 58,000 from Spain and 45,000 from Germany in 2016.”

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