Entries by Languages Company

The case for language learning – Guardian series

Join the national debate on the importance of language learning and help us put languages back on the agenda.’ The Guardian, supported by the British Academy, is running a series on the importance of languages in our society. Join the language festival on the campaign website: www.theguardian.com/education/series/the-case-for-language-learning

Dr Lid King in debate with Baroness Blackstone

Dr Lid King, Director of the Languages Company, was invited to attend the ‘No Island Is An Island’ Conference, hosted by the European Commission in London on 18 October 2013. He and Baroness Blackstone, member of the House of Lords (UK upper chamber of Parliament) debated the merits of language learning. The debate can be […]

New national curriculum for England announced

On 11 September 2013 the Secretary of State for Education published the new national curriculum framework following a series of public consultations. The majority of the new national curriculum will come into force from September 2014. The big news is that languages will be compulsory in primary schools for the first time at Key Stage […]

2013 GCSE Results

Languages show a dramatic rise in number of entries The Joint Council for Qualifications released the following statement today (22/08/13): Following years of decline, this year’s results show a dramatic rise in the number of entries for GCSE languages. Entries for traditional languages (French, German, Spanish) are up 16.9 per cent compared with last year […]

Ofqual to investigate variations in the number of A* and A grades

The Telegraph reports: Ofqual is to launch an investigation into “variations” in the number of A* and A grades awarded in traditional sixth-form exams, it was revealed. In a report, the regular said the proportion of top marks differed significantly between subjects each year. It raised particularly concerns over modern foreign languages such as French, […]

A Level Results 2013

A breakdown of the latest results revealed a big increase in the numbers taking maths and science subjects. The take-up of languages on the other hand, continues to decline. Although Spanish increased by 4.1 per cent, entries for French and German declined by 9.9 per cent and 11.1 per cent respectively. This year science accounted […]

Consultation on reformed GCSEs launched 11 June 2013

The subject content and assessment objectives for new GCSEs in Modern Foreign Languages and Ancient Languages were published on 11th June. These are the criteria that Ofqual will use to regulate and which the awarding organisations will use to create exam specifications. So they are the proposed basis for the specification that schools will finally […]