Polish more popular than English in Edinburgh schools

Polish is now more popular than English in Edinburgh’s primary and secondary schools. 96 languages are in use with over 3000 having a foreign tongue. Punjabi and Urdu are in second place whilst Arabic is third.

The number of children with English as a second language has almost doubled since 2005 and the enlargement of the European Union. Then, Polish did not even make the top five most popular languages.

Five additional languages have appeared this year in Edinburgh schools as new pupils have arrived – Afrikaans, Armenian, Maltese, Sindhi (an Iranian-based language) and Urhobo (a Nigerian-based language).

Many youngsters moving to Edinburgh from other countries cannot speak English at all, meaning additional resources have to be put into schools to help them learn.

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