MSP welcomes language learning boost

Christian Allard MSP.
Christian Allard MSP.

Christian Allard MSP has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government is delivering a further £1 million for language learning in schools across the country.

The investment is part of the SNP administration’s commitment to having every child start learning a second language from P1 onwards and a third no later than P5 by 2020.

The increase brings the total, additional funding for languages in schools in 2014/2015 to £5 million.

The money will build on the work already underway in Scotland as part of the 1+2 policy, the most ambitious languages learning programme in the UK.

The funds will be given to local authorities to use in schools and to support teachers and pupils in the teaching and learning of languages.

Commenting, Mr Allard said: “As a French-born Member of the Scottish Parliament I can testify to the importance of learning a second language. It is great that children have the chance to study languages at school because these skills will open-up more opportunities for them in the future.

“This initiative by the Scottish Government will provide pupils across Scotland with the chance to learn a new language from the very beginning of their school life. This will give them a good level of understanding which they can build upon.

“The economic and cultural opportunities that can be unlocked by learning a second or third language will benefit both individuals and the country as a whole.”