Non-English main home languages ranked by number of speakers in Scottish schools in 2017

Most common non-English languages spoken in Scottish schools in 2017 This statistic ranks the ten most spoken languages, other than English, in Scottish schools in 2017, by number of speakers. The most commonly spoken language was Polish with almost 15.7 thousand native speakers, followed by Urdu and Scottish.
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Number of speakers
Polish15,669
Urdu6,031
Scots5,998
Punjabi3,913
Arabic3,715
Chinese (Modern Standard/Mandarin)1,761
Romanian1,598
Cantonese1,200
Spanish1,169
Russian1,108
Lithuanian-
French-
Number of speakers
Polish15,669
Urdu6,031
Scots5,998
Punjabi3,913
Arabic3,715
Chinese (Modern Standard/Mandarin)1,761
Romanian1,598
Cantonese1,200
Spanish1,169
Russian1,108
Lithuanian-
French-
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This statistic ranks the ten most spoken languages, other than English, in Scottish schools in 2017, by number of speakers. The most commonly spoken language was Polish with almost 15.7 thousand native speakers, followed by Urdu and Scottish.
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Release date
March 2018
Region
United Kingdom (Scotland)
Survey time period
September 2017
Age group
4-18 years
Supplementary notes
Does not include grant aided special schools.
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