Data from the Pupil census supplementary statistics 2022 (Scottish Government, March 2023) indicate the top 5 home languages in 2022, other than English, were Polish, Urdu, Scots, Arabic and Pujabi. A total of 154 languages were spoken as the main home language by pupils in publicly funded schools in Scotland. 69,416 pupils were identified whose main home language was neither English, Gaelic, Scots, Doric nor Sign Language. The greatest number of these pupils attend schools in Glasgow.
The statistics published by the Registrar General for Scotland on the Scotland’s Census website, present details from the 2011 Census in Scotland on Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion, from national to local level.
Navigate to the Standard Outputs menu and select ‘Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion’ to access the following tables:
- Gaelic language skills by sex by age
- English language skills by sex by age
- Language other than English used at home by sex by age