HC Deb 05 July 1983 vol 45 cc69-70W
31. Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps are being taken to increase the number of bilingual teachers in places such as Bradford, where the proportion of children from ethnic minorities is significant.

Mr. Dunn

A number of local authorities are increasingly placing value upon an ability to speak the languages of local ethnic minority communities when recruiting teachers, particularly for young children. some authorities, including Bradford, are also taking steps to recruit bilingual specialists to teach ethnic minority languages as part of the secondary school curriculum, and this is currently the subject of consultation through the Department of Education and Science paper "Foreign languages in the school curriculum", a copy of which is in the Library.