Theresa Clements is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser at Herts for Learning

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‘O’ level French…didn’t take it as an option back in the day, but I wish I had.  I have taught many pupils over the years that have had additional languages and we had at any one point almost fifty different languages spoken in our school.  I currently work with some schools who have a few pupils speaking an additional language, or with pupils with little or no English.  Recently, as part of an Ofsted/Governor interview at my daughter’s school the lead inspector put this question to us:

‘You have a very multicultural school with a variety of languages spoken:

how do you use this to your advantage?’

What an excellent question, I thought! Straight away governors were able to discuss how the school ethos, culture, practices and teaching and learning reflect the diverse population of the school.

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