The secretary of state, Michael Gove, has finally taken the decision to make the teaching of modern languages in the maintained sector at KS2 compulsory from September 2014.

The range of languages includes Latin, Greek and Mandarin as well as French, German and Spanish.

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However we would like to point out that the correct linguistic term is not Mandarin as is popularly perpetuated but Putonghua.

As a non profit organisation, we at blen have been promoting the early teaching of modern languages long before any governmental interest.