Positive news for MFL teachers as 10,000 more students take languages at GCSE

  • 10000 more students take a MFL at GCSE

After recent studies showing a dip in the numbers of students taking a modern foreign language at GCSE level, there is finally some good news for MFL teachers. Statistics gathered from this summer's GCSEs show that overall the number of students taking language GCSEs has jumped by almost 10,000 with 308,047 MFL GCSE entries in 2019, an increase of 9% on 2018’s total of 299,172.

Spanish language continues to rise in popularity reaching 100,000 GCSE entries for the first time this year. What’s more, 7.5% more students were awarded Spanish GCSE this year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland compared to 2018.

There was also some positive news for French teachers specifically with French GCSE entries, which have been on the decline since 2001, seeing a 3% increase compared to 2018, with 130,831 French GCSE entries in 2019 compared to 126,750 in 2018.

However, other foreign languages are struggling to attract students with Spanish taking over German in popularity.

The British Council pointed out that these figures don’t reveal the significant decrease in language students over the last 10 years and their spokesperson described this year’s improvement as a “slight recover from a huge drop”.

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