Thanks Lis. I agree a tutor does sound more sensible when I think it through. If anyone can advise of a way to find one - I suppose I can ask in school? There are two facets to choosing it as an option: The first is that he is bright, creative and musical, so with only three options allowed to thse doing triple science it is going to be difficult for him to choose anyway. The second : He might get extra time but he has seen the time his sister has had to spend learning things rote fashion and it would, honestly, take him 5 or 10 times as long and then it will be spelt phonetically rather than correctly (although I suspect Spanish will be more accurate as I understand it's more phonetic anyway) In fact, he has never tried rote learning like this - but 10 english spellings a week is hard enough; it, it may even prove to be virtually impossible. His Dyslexia is severe. With the demands core GCSE and triple science will place on him anyway, I think I can fully understand his reasoning for dropping it. But it's the keeping the continuity going until he can access the informal languages at sixth form which he wants to do. He is the sort of lad who'd be best off sent to the country to learn, if you know what I mean. Better immersed in doing it, listening and speaking it than in the study of it. Purely because of the difficulty in accessing the written word at the level his brain works at. It drives him nuts (literally).