Schools (Foreign Languages)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 29 February 2024.

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Photo of Jenny Gilruth Jenny Gilruth Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government is committed to language learning in our schools, which is why, since 2013, we have provided local authorities and third sector partners with funding of more than £50 million to support and implement our one-plus-two languages approach in Scotland. A 2021 survey of local authorities confirmed that pupils across Scotland are now learning languages from primary 1 and are continuing their broad general education throughout—an important change since the policy was introduced 10 years ago.

We continue to support modern languages through the support that is provided to schools by Education Scotland, and through funding to the University of Strathclyde, which hosts Scotland’s national centre for languages and provides professional learning guidance and advice to schools.