Teaching Mandarin in British Schools

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Last year you said that Mandarin should be taught in British schools to show children how China matters. What progress have you made in this direction as far as London's schools are concerned or was this just a hollow statement to impress China on your tour?


Answer for Teaching Mandarin in British Schools

Answer for Teaching Mandarin in British Schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have committed £21.2 million to over 100 projects through my Schools Excellence Fund to raise attainment of pupils by supporting teaching excellence in London

This includes an award of £68,199 to a project which will provide Chinese language teacher training in 50 London schools across the capital benefiting up to 3000 pupils. The Institute of Education's Confucius Institute will run the 'Accelerating Mandarin Chinese for London' programme.

The Excellence Fund is investing a further £942,597 through three other projects that support teaching of Mandarin alongside other modern languages, benefiting even more school children in the capital.