One positive experience of 2020 has been to recognise how inter-connectedness underpins not only our health and security, but also how we teach and learn. Education in 2020 became a profound stress-test where inadequate teaching approaches failed to migrate into rapidly introduced hybrid contexts. It revealed the success of integrated approaches such as CLIL which promote multiple types of inter-connectedness. 2021 brings us a window of opportunity to realize meaningful and sustained improvement in education. Now we can move forward with even more certainty on how to realistically systemise bilingual education in our schools and universities.