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The Education (National Curriculum) (Modern Foreign Languages) (Wales) Order 2000

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Education (National Curriculum) (Modern Foreign Languages) (Wales) Order 2000 and shall come into force on 1st August 2000.

(2) In this Order —

  • references to the third key stage are references to the period set out in section 355(1)(c) of the Education Act 1996; and

  • references to official languages of the European Community are to languages specified as official languages of the institutions of the European Community by Article 1 of EEC Council Regulation No.1 of April 15 1958(1).

(3) This Order applies to Wales.

2.  The Education (National Curriculum) (Modern Foreign Languages) Order 1991(2) and the Education (National Curriculum) (Modern Foreign Languages) (Amendment) Order 1994(3) are hereby revoked in relation to Wales.

3.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), for the purposes of section 354 of the Education Act 1996 (the core subjects and other foundation subjects) “modern foreign language” means any modern foreign language.

(2) A modern foreign language which is not an official language of the European Community is not a “modern foreign language” for the purposes of section 354 of the Education Act 1996 unless the condition in paragraph (3) is satisfied.

(3) That condition is that the school at which the language is taught offers all pupils in the third key stage in respect of whom there is a requirement to study a modern foreign language as a foundation subject the opportunity of studying one or more of the official languages of the European Community as a foundation subject.

4.—(1) Any question whether a particular foreign language is a modern foreign language for the purposes of section 354 of the Education Act 1996 shall be determined by the National Assembly for Wales.

(2) The National Assembly for Wales may make a determination under paragraph (1) following an application by any person or on its own initiative.

Signed on behalf of the Assembly under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998(4)

Jane Davidson

The Deputy Presiding Officer, of the National Assembly for Wales

24th July 2000

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