MFL challenges under discussion at Westminster Education Forum

The challenge of driving take-up of languages and the fight for fairer grading were among key discussions at a meeting of the Westminster Education Forum. Suzi Bewell was there


Never before, it would seem, have languages teachers in the UK been faced with so much change in such a short space of time. Last September saw the welcome introduction of languages to the key stage 2 curriculum along with a slimmed-down, new programme of study at key stage 3. In the next two years we will also see the introduction of the new A level and GCSE exams.

At a recent Westminster Education Forum – entitled The future for modern foreign languages at GCSE and A level – the audience heard that languages take-up at GCSE is continuing to rise, but that the picture at A level is more complex.

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