The Scottish Qualifications Authority is expected to introduce a Chinese language exam at Intermediate 1 next year and a Higher in 2009. Vincent Oates of Strathclyde University has been researching the extent of school and FE college involvement with Chinese language and culture and hopes to report by the summer.
The Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) estimates it has 55 state and independent schools in its membership, and six Chinese language assistants are currently working in East Ayrshire, East Lothian, East Ren-frewshire, Perth and Kinross, and St George's School for Girls in Edinburgh. There is a target of 10 assistants for next session.
The network will be holding a "good practice" conference at St George's in May, and a China-Scotland leadership conference in October.