Council urged to explore twin city teaching offer

15 June 2009

Marlyn Glen has urged Dundee City Council to explore a potential offer of two teachers from the Orleans area of France who would come and teach in Dundee as from September , fully funded through a new French Government programme.

The plea comes after Marie-Helena Taquet, of the International Relations Department of the Adademie d'Orleans-Tours, told Ms. Glen that the French Government had recently introduced the Jules Verne Programme.

This allows teachers in France to spend a year teaching in a school abroad, starting from September.

Madame Taquet has a teacher in primary school and a teacher in secondary school who would like to teach in the UK.

Ms. Glen has already written to Dundee City Councilís Education Department asking them to contact the French authorities about the Jules Verne programme and the potential offer.

Details of the new French teacher programme emerged when Ms. Glen contacted Orleans on the number on the number of school pupils there who are studying English as a foreign language, and how this compares with the number of school pupils in Dundee who study French as a foreign language.

Madam Taquet said that all school pupils in France have to learn two foreign languages.

If they do not choose English as their first foreign language, they do as their second foreign language. Therefore, all students aged 16 or 17 learn English at school.

By contrast, answers to Parliamentary Questions by Ms. Glen show that the percentage of pupils in Dundee in the age group for presentation for Standard grade French in each of the past three years has been below 50 per cent.

The number of presentations for Higher French in Dundee in 2008 was 4 per cent - 63 pupils - the highest figures for the past three years.

Ms. Glen said,

"A stronger drive on learning foreign languages is essential in a globalised economy.

"In the competitive European business market, foreign language skills could mean the difference between clinching or losing a contract.

" It also means better communications with other people and understanding of their lives and culture.

" While American English dominates the globalised economy and information systems, not everybody speaks English."

Ms. Glen has established through parliamentary questions that Scotlandís exports to France was estimated at £1.457 billion in 2007, equivalent to 7 per cent of Scotlandís total exports.

 

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Background information :

Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils in Dundee were presented for French at (a) standard and (b) higher grade in each of the last three years, also expressed as a percentage of the year group.

Answered by Keith Brown (Wednesday, May 27, 2009): The available information is given in the following table.

Presentations for French, Dundee

Year

Standard Grade

Higher

 

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

2006

808

47.9

42

2.7

2007

702

42.3

55

3.5

2008

686

41.3

63

4.0

Notes:

1. The data in the table does not include equivalent qualification levels to standard grade (Access 3, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2).

2. Presentations are for all pupils in publicly funded secondary schools. Percentages for standard grades relate to the S4 roll, although not all presentations are by S4 pupils. Percentages for higher relate to the combined S5/S6 roll, although not all presentations are by S5 or S6 pupils.

 

 

Marlyn Glen : To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of exports to each European country in the last year for which information is available, also expressed as a percentage of total exports.

Answered by Jim Mather (Thursday, May 14, 2009):

Table 1: Estimated Total of Overseas Scottish Exports, 2007

 

Estimated Value of Scottish Exports

(£ Million)

Estimated

Percentage

All countries

20,665

100.0%

     

Table 2: Estimated Scottish Exports to EU Countries within the Top 20, 2007

 

Estimated Value of Scottish Exports

(£ Million)

Estimated

Percentage

France

1,475

7.1%

Netherlands

1,420

6.9%

Germany

1,335

6.5%

Eire

1,040

5.0%

Spain

895

4.3%

Italy

685

3.3%

Belgium

510

2.5%

Denmark

425

2.1%

Sweden

405

2.0%

Table 3: Estimated Scottish Exports to Remaining EU Countries, 2007

 

Estimated Value of Scottish Exports

(£ Million)

Estimated

Percentage

Greece

230

1.1%

Portugal

180

0.9%

Finland

140

0.7%

Poland

115

0.6%

Austria

60

0.3%

Czech Republic

60

0.3%

Cyprus

55

0.3%

Hungary

50

0.2%

Estonia

50

0.2%

Malta

45

0.2%

Romania

30

0.1%

Luxembourg

25

0.1%

Latvia

20

0.1%

Bulgaria

15

0.1%

Slovak Republic

15

0.1%

Slovenia

5

0.0%

Lithuania

5

0.0%

Slovakia

0

0.0%

Source: Scotland''s Global Connections 2007.

Note: All value estimates are rounded to the nearest £5 million.

 

Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils in Dundee were presented for Spanish at (a) standard and (b) higher grade in each of the last three years, also expressed as a percentage of the year group.

Answered by Keith Brown (Wednesday, May 27, 2009): The available information is given in the following table.

Presentations for Spanish, Dundee

Year

Standard Grade

Higher

 

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

2006

165

9.8

21

1.3

2007

173

10.4

19

1.2

2008

188

11.3

19

1.2

Notes:

1. The data in the table does not include equivalent qualification levels to standard grade (Access 3, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2).

2. Presentations are for all pupils in publicly funded secondary schools. Percentages for standard grades relate to the S4 roll, although not all presentations are by S4 pupils. Percentages for higher relate to the combined S5/S6 roll, although not all presentations are by S5 or S6 pupils.

 

Marlyn Glen :

To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils in Dundee were presented for German at (a) standard and (b) higher grade in each of the last three years, also expressed as a percentage of the year group.

Answered by Keith Brown (Wednesday, May 27, 2009): The available information is given in the following table.

Presentations for German, Dundee

Year

Standard Grade

Higher

 

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

2006

331

19.6

21

1.3

2007

307

18.5

24

1.5

2008

298

17.9

33

2.1

Notes:

1. The data in the table does not include equivalent qualification levels to standard grade (Access 3, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2).

2. Presentations are for all pupils in publicly funded secondary schools. Percentages for standard grades relate to the S4 roll, although not all presentations are by S4 pupils. Percentages for higher relate to the combined S5/S6 roll, although not all presentations are by S5 or S6 pupils.

 

 

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