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How to successfully increase MFL uptake at GCSE

How did one school manage to double the number of students opting for a modern foreign language at GCSE? Raul Ramirez explains
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GCSE options decision day – a day where children make decisions that can have an important impact on the rest of their lives. A day where we as a department wait to see how many students have chosen to study a language.

Up until recently, opting to study a modern foreign language (MFL) wasn’t at the top of our students’ lists, but I can proudly say that this has changed and with little budget we have managed to double the number of students opting to take MFL in our school. So, what’s changed?

Similarly to other schools, our students perceived languages as “very hard”. So we contextualised why learning a language might be considered difficult and why students weren’t confident enough in their own abilities to select a language as a GCSE option.

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