Vicky Ford – 2021 Comments on Language Training

The comments made by Vicky Ford, the Children and Families Minister, on 13 May 2021.

We know the first years of a child’s life can be the most formative, which is why this Government is making it a priority to make sure all children have the best start in life.

Speaking and communicating with confidence sets a child up for success in life, so it’s vital that we support children to grow in confidence with these skills – especially those for whom English is not their first language or who have been more isolated during the pandemic than their peers.

The early results from Nuffield are very encouraging and I encourage every school with a Reception class to sign up in this second phase.