Developing a languages policy

There’s a personal and there’s a societal opportunity and advantage [in language learning]. If we have stronger skills in languages, it gives us a greater foundation on which we can build our aspirations to connect with and do business with other countries.
(Interview with Deputy First Minister, February 2017)
75% of the world's population do not speak English, and only 6% of the world's population speak English as the mother tongue... In simple terms, young Scots can no longer afford to learn only the English language. (Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach, p10)
As a nation we must recognise and promote the numerous benefits that language learning can bring to our learners, benefits which in turn radiate out to our schools, into sustained positive destinations beyond school, and ultimately impacting and benefiting society at large. (Modern Languages Excellence Report, p4)
  • 1+2: you can too
  • Self-evaluation and strategic planning

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