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How schools cope with teaching children who speak 14 different languages

from The Telegraph

At Maidenhall Primary School in Luton, children speak no fewer than 14 different languages, and their families come from all over the world. Among the babel of voices which greet teachers in reception classes are Pahari, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Somali, Polish, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish and Pashto. Of the 580 children aged between five and 11 who attend the school, 98.9 percent of them do not speak English as their first tongue. The school's diversity presents a significant challenge to the school's new management, who arrived in April after an Ofsted inspection found that the school requires improvement. more


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