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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05897: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils have studied a foreign language in each year since 2010-11 at each level in (a) primary and (b) secondary school.

Answered by: John Swinney 18 January 2017

The specific information sought is not held centrally.

The Scottish Government’s 1+2 languages policy is supporting increased provision in both primary and secondary contexts, all pupils will learn two languages in addition to their own during the Broad General Education. Information provided by local authorities in 2015 indicated that, by June 2016, 21 of 32 authorities would be providing language learning to all Primary one children. We expect this trend to continue and provision to grow throughout primary and into secondary as schools move to full implementation of the Scottish Government’s 1+2 languages policy by 2021.

Within the senior phase, National Qualifications are just one of the many ways in which courses in modern languages are being offered to pupils.

We expect to see a continued trend of secondary schools providing diverse opportunities for language learning both in broad general education and in the senior phase. Flexible and innovative ways of learning are increasing, including non-certificated courses, clubs and master classes as well as participation in courses which lead to national qualifications.