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Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by yasf, Jan 21, 2011.
However, the article has it wrong with one commonly held statement: "The requirement for teenagers to take a language at GCSE was ended by
the last Labour government in 2004. It led to a massive slump in the
numbers taking languages."
It was never a requirement for pupils to do MFL GCSE up to 2004. It was a requirement for them to be be studying an MFL up to age 16 but they didn't have to be entered for any examination in it. Some did an alternative, lower level qualification or simply had lessons to comply with the law and did no exams. Likewise, pupils have to have PE lessons up to age 16 but very few take GCSE in it.