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  • "“The number of primary school youngsters rose by 779 from October 2012 to 2013 and of those 387 had a mother tongue other than English.”

    So that means 392 whose FIRST language is English are struggling!!!

    That is more than half of the additional 779. And yet pathetic individuals, and poltical parties, are blaming immigrants for not being able to speak English when the majority of those struggling are actually from BRITISH families!!!!


    “A breakdown of the figures also showed that although the secondary school population dropped by 270 to 16,413, there was an increase of children with English as an additional language. This had increased by 74 to 488 pupils.”

    So we know that 488 pupils out of 16,413 can speak two languages which seem to be a proficient/natural ability due to the fact that the report does not state that these secondary children are struggling!!! So when these children leave school and start work, they will already have an advantage over those who can only speak one language and they will undoubtedly earn more money because of the linguistic skills!! But pathetic individual, and political parties, seem to not want that and we only speak one language, thus putting our country down and as such putting our country at risk at losing out on contracts due to the lack of linguistic skills!!!

    How many of you can speak more than one language? I know I can proficiently speak four languages, which includes my mother tongue of English!!! When I was learning Dutch my lessons were paid for by the Government and they cost €1125 per annum - including the national tests, which I passed with flying colours! So £250 is a drop in the sea, compared to other countries, who help our migrant workers to learn our language!!!

    And you call yourselves patriotic just because you want to send this country back into the dark ages!!!"
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Headteacher backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

Headteach backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

Headteach backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

A PRIMARY school headteacher says he cannot see any objections to why schools should not fly the Union flag.

Bolton Council approved a patriotic motion, put forward by Bradshaw councillor Mudasir Dean, that will see the borough’s schools encouraged to fly the national flag and sing the nation anthem in assembly each morning.

Conservative Cllr Dean said it was a way of helping immigrants integrate into British life, instil national pride in the town’s youth and stop the county’s flag being associated with far-right groups.

He added it would inspire “children within the Bolton family to be proud of being British enabling them to appreciate our rich history and great heritage.”

Throughout the debate at Bolton Council’s full council meeting accusations flew across the floor that the motion was politically-motivated and would stretch already tight school budgets.

But Simon Bramwell, executive principal of SS Simon and Jude’s CE Primary School in Great Lever — a school rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted — said he said the motion could open up a debate on national pride.

He added: “Speaking personally, I don't see any real objections to ‘Flying the Flag’, we take such things for granted in the USA, Canada and a number of European countries.

“In fact in the USA , I believe, there is a flag in each classroom.

“However our National Anthem is more a celebration of the King or Queen rather than the country in itself.

“Many people do not make the distinction, but you can be a supporter of Britain without being a Monarchist, acceptance of pluralist views is after all one of the crowning achievements of being truly British.”

Mr Bramwell, who is a member of the National Association of Headteachers, added: “I applaud Cllr Dean’s intention in bringing this matter forward, and am sure it will spark a useful debate on National Pride, and the positive roles that can be played by nation states.”

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