'Sharp fall' in language GCSEs

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This BBC news item reports on figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats which reveal that, for the first time, "fewer than half of pupils in England took a modern European language at GCSE this year".

Ever since MFL became an ‘entitlement' at Key Stage 4 in 2003, numbers of pupils studying a language up to GCSE have fallen dramatically. Although the increased take-up of other world languages was predicted to make up this shortfall, the proportion of GCSE entries for these has apparently fallen to its lowest level since 1993.

The Government hopes that implementation of the 2007 Dearing Report's recommendations will help to reverse the trend, including the decision to make languages compulsory, rather than an 'entitlement', in the primary curriculum.


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