Please forward this error screen to 31. A primary school with more than 400 pupils has become the first in the country where no children speak English as their english language training of children of younger school age tongue. Punjabi Urdu, Portuguese, Czech, Polish, Russian and several African dialects are among the 20 foreign languages spoken at Gladstone Primary School. But it has thrived in the face of adversity.
Ofsted, the lowest of four ratings. The school, in Peterborough, has adopted a string of measures to cope. Lincolnshire so that pupils can benefit from having friends who are native English speakers. Pupils study and play together at each other’s schools once a fortnight. Teachers are motivated by salaries that are linked to their performance, something Education Secretary Michael Gove is introducing across the country from September in an attempt to drive up standards.
Gladstone Primary is believed to be the first in Britain where every single one of its pupils does not speak English as a first language, but more and more pupils across the country are now from foreign backgrounds. In a 2012 census of 1,600 schools, it was found English-speaking children are now in a minority, with the figures particularly startling in the 14 inner London boroughs, where there were 98,000 non-native English speakers compared to 78,000 who could list the language as their number one. Nationwide, there were 97 schools where the number of pupils speaking English as a mother tongue was fewer than one in 20 of the school population. After London, Birmingham had the highest concentration of ‘foreign’ pupils, followed by Bradford and then Leicester. Punjabi was the most widely-spoken first language.
More and more of the world is going bilingual. The culture at our school is not to see bilingualism as a difficulty. Often, she added, it is preferable for children to speak no English at all, rather than turn up with a mixture of English and their parents’ language. Sometimes parents have tried to help their children learn English but their own isn’t too good,’ she said.