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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10947: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-10644 by John Swinney on 24 August 2017, what action it is taking to increase the number of modern language assistants in (a) Lothian, (b) local authorities that do not currently employ any and (c) Scotland.

Answered by: John Swinney 14 September 2017

Since 2013, Scotland’s local authorities have received £24.2m in developmental funding from the Scottish Government to support the implementation of the 1+2 policy by 2021. Many choose to use this to fund Modern Language Assistant posts. It is, however, the decision of each individual Local Authority to determine how to best use this funding to support language learning in their schools.

The Scottish Government recognises the value young native speakers bring to the classroom and we will continue to work closely with British Council Scotland to encourage them to explore creative and innovative ways to generate a greater take up of language assistants in Scotland.