This isn’t particularly a problem

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.


9 thoughts on “This isn’t particularly a problem”

  1. It’s a problem if you’re English, a parent, and can’t afford to go private or move away from one of the Mos Eisley cantina schools.

  2. It would be interesting to know the number of schools where some language other than English is the dominant language, ie the home language of at least half the pupils.
    There certainly are some schools where Urdu has that status.

  3. Its not so much a problem when the children start at 4 or 5. They are then all taught to read at the same time. The problem is more when families move to the UK with kids of 8+. Then they have missed the main part where they are taught to read so they are behind and while they learn to speak it quickly comprehension of what is said takes longer.So schools have to spend loads on having linguists come in an afternoon a week to sit with the child. Trouble then is that the linguists main requirement is they speak said lingo, not that they are able to teach anything.

    The other problem is that the child does’t do any reading at home with the parents if the parents can’t read English.

  4. It’s not about whether they’ll learn English or not. The matter of concern is that it acts as a crude proxy for how fast the native British peoples are being replaced. Whether you are in favour of that, as the Establishment and their ideological supporters are, or not, that is the issue highlighted by a report like this.

  5. “The matter of concern is that it acts as a crude proxy for how fast the native British peoples are being replaced.”


    And what Steve said…

  6. Why do i recognise the public school educated, white middle class Brit here? Try listening to the kids go to these schools. They speak a dialect of English packed full of foreign words & sentence constructions. That’s the indigenous kids as well.
    Used to hear it round Tottenham. Blond haired little tykes sounding like they came from a Kingston yard. It’s whatever culture is strongest, dominates.

  7. By the way, i am myself a very good example of this. School I went to was a third Jewish. My natural speech tends to have more Yiddish in it than most Jews understand. Especially those words don’t have an english equivalent or concept. Kvetching, schmadery.

  8. The idea that English will prevail is rather naive.
    There will be pressures for the children to speak the local language from the ‘Equality’ people at least. Learning Welsh doasn’t seem all that valuable but it is still taught.
    There will be ‘speak the way we speak if you want to work/ live here’ – already in action.
    And as in the USA the police make have to speak more than one language to get their work done.
    You seem too happy to see the British way of life melt away

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