Languages: Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the standard of difficulty of modern language (a) GCSEs and (b) A-levels.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

There has been no recent assessment of the standard of difficulty of modern language (a) GCSEs and (b) A-levels. However, Lord Dearing's Languages Review, published on 12 March, considers the view that languages GCSEs are more demanding than other subjects, and that this perception has a negative impact on the number of pupils continuing to study languages post-14. He recommends that there is a study to resolve this issue as soon as possible. The Secretary of State has welcomed Lord Dearing's recommendations and we are considering how to take this recommendation forward.

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