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Language link-up helps Dagenham pupils rival private schools

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 April 2016

Sir Paul says these French pupils have helped boost language-learning in Dagenham

Sir Paul says these French pupils have helped boost language-learning in Dagenham

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Pupils reached across the English Channel to welcome their Tricolore-waving counterparts to class.

Robert Clack School of Science in Gosfield Road, Dagenham, invited French pupils in what headteacher Sir Paul Grant said was a vital exchange.

He said the Perpignan pupils, who arrived on Thursday, were helping boost language skills to a level that rivals those of private schools.

“We all know we need to do more with foreign languages in the UK,” he said. “Schemes like this get the name of Dagenham in good places.

“Perpignan Council sees this trip as an important one – it’s already featured in their press.

“It’s important to me our pupils have the same opportunities as the best selective schools.”

Sir Paul believes the weekly talks his pupils have with their French counterparts over the internet have helped his school excel in languages.

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