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CILT, the National Centre for Languages, works to convince people of all ages, at all levels, and in all walks of life of the benefits of learning and using more than one language.
CILT is the Contact Point for all four parts of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each of which has its own education system. CILT UK therefore operates in partnership with CILT Cymru , Northern Ireland CILT and Scottish CILT, on language education projects across the UK.

Educational Systems of the United Kingdom

The ministry of education for England is called the Department for Education ('Get Into Teaching'). A separate department, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has responsibility for higher education and for further education and skills. 

The Department of Education is responsible for the central administration of all aspects of education and related services in Northern Ireland - excepting the higher and further education sector, responsibility for which is within the remit of the Department for Employment and Learning. The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment is a non-departmental public body reporting to the Department of Education.  It is a unique educational body in the context of the UK, bringing together the three areas of curriculum, examinations and assessment.

In Scotland, the Scottish Government has responsibility for education and training. The Learning Directorate supports all national aspects of schools policy, working with Local Government in line with the agreed Concordat.  Schools are supported in delivering Curriculum for Excellence by Learning and Teaching Scotland. The Directorate for Lifelong Learning is responsible for policy on all aspects of learning that take place after leaving school.  SQA is the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland.

The Welsh Assembly Government looks after education and skills in Wales.

Annual activity reports of the National Contact Point (open access)

The annual activity reports of the National Contact Points for the ECML provide a summary of the activities organised in order to promote the Centre's work within its member states through national networks working in the field of language education. The reports focus in particular on the activities organised, the target audiences, and the results achieved.

The following reports are open access.

(pdf format, in English)

Activity report: 2007