The Languages Company was set up in 2008 by Dr Lid King, National Director for Languages in England from 2003 to 2011. Its original purpose was to work with a range of partners to help deliver the English National Languages Strategy, on behalf of the Department for Education (formerly DCSF)

The Coalition Government which took office in 2010 chose not to continue with the Languages Strategy, and in April 2011 most targeted national funding for languages in schools came to an end.

In these new circumstances The Languages Company is  continuing work in support of a coherent approach to languages and multilingualism in our society.

We are also engaged in a number of initiatives in support of language teaching and learning – promoting a better pedagogy and stimulating debate about language policy in England and across the world.