Following campaigns by community groups and Speak to the Future, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has today announced that the DfE is taking action to ensure that GCSEs and A levels in languages such as Polish, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Turkish and Gujarati will remain available to pupils.
In a press release published on the DfE website, the Minister is quoted as saying:
“All pupils should have the opportunity to study foreign languages as part of a core academic curriculum that prepares them for life in modern Britain. This should extend to community languages.
There are some community languages which exam boards have said they need to discontinue at GCSE or A level, which is why we are now taking action and working with them and Ofqual to determine how these qualifications can continue.
In an outward-facing country such as Britain, it is important that we have high-quality qualifications not just in French, German and Spanish but also in languages such as Polish, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati and Turkish.”
Speak to the Future heartily agrees with these sentiments and thanks everyone who has worked to achieve this important outcome. We will publish a more detailed response in due course.