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Cradley Heath school imposes local dialect ban

Pupils at a West Midlands school have been banned from talking or writing in their Black Country dialect.

A letter sent to parents of pupils at Colley Lane Primary School in the Cradley Heath area warned the local dialect, together with slang words and phrases, was contributing to a "decline in standards".

But Stephen Pitts from Cradley Heath-based Black Country Tee Shirts, which produces clothing with Black Country phrases on them, said the rule was a setback to attempts to promote the dialect.

BBC Midlands Today's Giles Latcham reports.

  • 15 Nov 2013