It has come to our attention that there is a reduced uptake of languages at A Level, due to the lessened ability to obtain the the top grades in languages when compared with other subjects (such as STEM subjects). A recent article written by Anna Davis - the educational correspondant of the Evening Standard - suggested that the reason for fewer students taking up languages at A-Level stemmed from the lessened possibility of obtaining an A*.
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 blen we wonder wether this effect could be negated through an early uptake of languages at primary school, would that promote engagement, ability and enthusiasm? Would this also have a multi-disciplinary benefit? We already know that bilingual brains have more connections accross the brain, would these extra connections help to benefit the pupils in other subjects as well?
We would welcome your views and experiences. Please email

JCQ releases exam data every year, we have formatted the data to make it more easy to understand, thus making it more easy to extrapolate from and to base policy on. We decided it was particularly important to highlight the gender disparity to try and get more males involved in MFL courses at both Level 2 and Level 3. What do you think could be done to increase engagment across the genders?

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