UK, The Language Trends Survey for Secondary Schools 2011

CfBT Education Trust in association with the All-Party Parliamentary Group, Indendent Schools Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) and Association for Language Learning (ALL) have released the long awaited research on Language Trends in Secondary Schools.

The annual publication of findings from the Language Trends survey shows that 40% of maintained schools reported changes to their language provision since the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

The report highlights that while the downward trend seen over the past decade continues with GCSE language take-up, the introduction of the EBacc appears to have had a positive effect on language provision in the last academic year.

While the EBacc’s success in improving language up-take is being realised across the country, the report also reveals that maintained schools are dropping alternative language accreditations such as Asset Languages and NVQ Language units after a steady period of growth from 45% to 33% in 2011 in spite of dissatisfaction with the GCSE.

For Mandarin there are statistics on numbers taking the language at KS4 since 2007 as well as numbers taking Mandarin at other levels in 2011. 

The CFBT are due to release a primary languages report imminently.  We shall post details on The Chinese Staffroom shortly.