Towards a national languages strategy

  • 08 Jul 2020 15:17
    Message # 9088204
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Message from Harriet Barnes at the British Academy

    The British Academy, working with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Association of School and College Leaders, the British Council and Universities UK, has today published proposals for the education and skills component of a UK-wide national languages strategy.

    Towards a national languages strategy presents a series of actions to address the inadequate, longstanding, and worsening supply of the language skills needed by the UK to meet future needs. Languages are strategically vital for the future of the UK, as we look to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen our relationships across the world.

    In our proposals we have taken a joined-up, holistic approach which is coherent across the education and skills systems and which can, where appropriate, be implemented across the UK, to maximise the return which can be achieved. We have sought to learn lessons from previous languages strategies and recent initiatives, and have recognised that while there is a cost for implementation, this can be modest and the responsibility for meeting those costs does not have to rest solely with government. This strategy seeks to build on existing initiatives and to increase their impact, led wherever possible by the language education community itself.

    We will be discussing our proposals and the next steps in implementing them in a webinar on Monday 20 July, 16.00-17.00. Sign up to join the webinar here.

    Please do pass on this message to your members and mailing lists as appropriate.

    Best wishes



    Harriet Barnes

    Head of Policy (Higher Education and Skills)

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