A teacher works on Mandarin Chinese with two female pupils
A teacher works on Mandarin Chinese with pupils. ©

Philip Meech Photography

What is Mandarin Excellence?

An intensive language programme for schools in England, which aims to get at least 5,000 pupils on track to fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020 and beyond.

Why should my school take part?

Mandarin Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, so it is one of the most important languages for the UK’s future. The programme gives students the opportunity to acquire language skills at an early stage, giving them an advantage in their future careers.

What is involved for students?

Starting from Year 7, selected groups of pupils will study eight hours of Mandarin Chinese every week, including four hours of classroom taught lessons.

How can my school take part?

Applications to apply for the next school year will open later in the year.

Will my school need to pay?

The programme is open to all secondary schools, but funding to support development is only available for state-funded secondary schools.

Who funds and runs it?

The programme is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the UCL Institute of Education in partnership with the British Council.

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