Teachers's tough language challenge

TEACHERS are facing a harsh challenge today, as pupils in Ipswich speak about 70 languages other than English as their mother tongue - and they all need extra tutoring.

TEACHERS are facing a harsh challenge today, as pupils in Ipswich speak about 70 languages other than English as their mother tongue - and they all need extra tutoring.

Look around any Suffolk classroom and you'll see a cultural diversity which is to be celebrated, and helps other youngsters raise their eyes above the parapet to broaden their horizons.

But today's Evening Star investigation reveals this cosmopolitan community brings a significant extra workload for teachers. Some individual schools are trying to translate more than 20 languages into English on a daily basis, without translators and on a dwindling grant from government.

See tonight's Evening Star for the full story.