According to the British Council recently, one in three British people say that they can hold a conversation in another language. However, according to The Guardian, over half of people in the EU can speak a minimum of two languages. It is clear to most that in England we are severely lagging behind our fellow man in Europe.
With a recent review in 2016 of language teaching in English secondary schools, only 34 per cent of pupils obtained a GCSE in a language subject at a good grade, with fewer than five per cent achieving the same in more than one foreign language. This alongside the UK’s imminent exit from the EU highlights the need, perhaps now more than ever before, for languages to be at the forefront a child's core learning especially in languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, French and Arabic.