BBC celebrates Brent's diversity at Byron Court Primary School

6 May 2014

The BBC takes a look at the cultural diversity found in Brent schools and how teachers work with pupils to develop their English language skills.

While many British adults struggle to remember the French they learned at school, children in Brent are leading the way in multilingualism with 148 different languages spoken as a mother tongue by school children in the borough. Forty-two languages alone are spoken in Byron Court Primary School.

Almost 29,000 or 62.9 per cent of the Brent's children now speak a language other than English at home, a rise of 0.8 per cent on last year.  By comparison, the percentage of pupils in 2013 whose first language was believed to be other than English UK-wide was 16.2 per cent and 43.8 per cent in London.