English is no longer the first language for the majority of pupils in more than one in nine schools, new figures have revealed.
Last year the majority of children in 1,755 primary and secondary schools spoke another language at home following a sharp increase in the number of pupils with foreign born parents.
In more than 200 schools nine in ten pupils do not speak English as their mother tongue, with children speaking as many as 14 different languages.
As long as there are many native languages then English will very quickly become the lingua franca. We are, after all, talking of children of five and six years old: picking up a language at that age is easy enough.
There would only be long term linguistic problems if there a majority language which is not English. If 90% were all speakers of, say, Urdu, or Bulgarian or summat, then that could indeed be a problem as there wouldn’t be the intense pressure to learn English.
The melting pot really does work with language.