British children will have lessons on how to speak proper English in formal settings, under an overhaul of the curriculum for 7 to 11-year-olds.

The proposals, from Sir Jim Rose, a former head of Ofsted, place a strong emphasis on teaching children to “recognize when to use formal language, including standard spoken English." They include how to moderate tone of voice and use appropriate hand gestures and eye contact.

The reforms come in response to concern that an increasing number of children suffer from 'word poverty" and are unable to string together a coherent sentence by the time that they start school.

A government-backed report by the Conservative MP John Bercow found last year that in some areas up to 50 percent of the school-age population had speech and language difficulties.

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