The Use of Language in Children's Education: A policy statement

This paper is about children's experience of education and language. It is particularly relevant to minority ethnic groups who are speakers of languages or dialects that are often not valued or recognised by formal structures, including schools.

August 2007

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Language becomes an enormous barrier for children when they do not speak or understand the language used by teachers in their schools.

There is now a great deal of research and evidence available worldwide on how to overcome language barriers in children's education.

This paper is based on that knowledge, and outlines Save the Children UK's position on how language should be approached in the education of children who do not speak the official school language.

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