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1 Building self-belief Every bilingual child matters Sarah Cartwright, Project Lead Our Languages, CILT

2 Percentage of secondary school children in London whose first language is not English: Islington 47.8% Ealing 49.2% Brent 50.7% Harrow 51% Kensington & Chelsea 51% School Census reported Redbridge 52.2% Hounslow 53.3% Westminster 64.9% Newham 65.7% Tower Hamlets 70.4% in The Guardian 23/06/11

3 Mainstream schools 16.8% of primary school children speak a language other than English at home (13.5% five years ago) and 12.3% of secondary pupils (10.5% five years ago) To what extent is this bilingualism celebrated as an asset? Benefits of bi/plurilingualism may not be fully appreciated by all staff at school Pupils knowledge about language (kal) may not be tapped by their teachers We need to disable the EAL label

4 Profile of Complementary schools Approx 3,000; one in three are based in London Pupils derive self-esteem from mixed age + mixed level teaching Emphasis on cultural activities enhances social skills and self confidence Translanguaging is normal Positive confirmation of multi-cultural identity is life-enhancing Young adults, even sixth-formers, benefit from taking on the role of mentor and teacher in their communities

5 Our Languages: Bright and bilingual video clips in About us and Teaching and Learning

6 Sezan Whenever people ask me where I'm from, or what nationality are you?, I always always say Im half Turkish Cypriot, a quarter English, a quarter Irish – because Im proud of the mixture of cultures that I have, and I feel like it defines me and makes me a little bit different.

7 Jade Most of my family comes from Mauritius, so when I go over there I feel a lot more confident in talking to my younger cousins. Because I feel we can actually have a proper conversation, that helps me to have a closer relationship with them compared to my sisters who dont speak Creole that well. So they find it much harder to relate to our family, whereas I find it a lot easier, so I get to enjoy my holiday a little bit more.

8 Dhruvni the (complementary) school doesnt only teach the language, it teaches other aspects of my culture. It was more to do with things about bettering yourself, because the school tries to aid children in their physical and holistic development as well as mental... So not only did they teach us language, but they taught the other things in life that we need to learn in life that the people in our culture believe we should know, I mean, they teach us life skills; they teach us public speaking, we also have prayers where we are given time to reflect…– we dont necessarily have to be religious to do them, but its useful – and at a certain age we are given a certain responsibility to look after some other people, and we are taught how to be organised and how to take on this responsibility. So its a lot more than just language.

9 Silvia Silvia I think that learning Cantonese has helped me master other languages. For example, I speak German at school, and although the two languages are really different, I think having learnt a different language before has helped me be able to think in a different language and pick up things more naturally. So I think it helps me pick up things from just listening because thats how I first learnt Cantonese.

10 Where are they now ? Sezan: about to graduate in Classics from Royal Holloway Jade: about to enter third year of Social Sciences degree at Cambridge Dhruvni: about to enter third year of Sociology at Warwick Silvia: about to graduate in Biology from Oxford

11 Way ahead… More partnerships between mainstream and complementary schools Academic support for accreditation of all language skills Positive embrace of diversity & all languages Role models to help young people aspire Policy informed by educational research eg cognitive benefits of bilingualism Pedagogy to meet needs of todays multi-level learners Careers advice on progression routes & imaginative choices that value plurilingualism

12 Our Languages Toolkit promoting collaboration between complementary & mainstream sectors

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