We are delighted to announce that St Wilfrid’s RC College has been selected to participate in the Mandarin Excellence Programme – an intensive language programme funded by the Department for Education.
The nationwide programme offers students an unprecedented opportunity in terms of language provision and aims to see at least 5,000 school pupils in England on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.
In being the most widely spoken language in the world, Mandarin Chinese is recognised as one of the most important languages for the UK’s business future. The programme therefore provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to acquire vital language skills at an early stage – something essential for work and for life in an increasingly connected world.
Students on the programme will study Mandarin Chinese every week with selected groups of year 7 pupils beginning in September 2018.
We will be at the forefront of delivering this exciting programme – with support from the UCL Institute of Education and the British Council.