Modern Foreign Languages: Teachers - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:08 pm on 10th March 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Coussins Baroness Coussins Crossbench 12:08 pm, 10th March 2021

My Lords, against that backdrop of a 28% shortfall and a drop of more than one-third in students doing MFL degrees since 2011, I congratulate the Government on their change of heart in deciding last week to add all MFL teachers to the shortage occupations list. This year’s small increase of 300 is by all accounts going to be temporary, so will the Government now also quickly reverse the dramatic cut in MFL training bursaries from £26,000 to only £10,000, as mentioned by the Minister? MFL is the only shortage subject to suffer such a cut.