Our school has responded to the White Paper by cutting teaching time - whilst making it a core subject. As from September, students will have 2 hours of MFL a week. That's it. (They currently have 3 a week in Y7 and 8). Key Stage 3 will continue to be just 2 years in length. Students who want to take up a second language will be able to do so by choosing it as an option subject - they will then study it for one academic year (5 periods a week), complete with Controlled Assessments....... Please, please, please tell me that there are other schools with similar patterns??? So far I cannot see how this will improve results - it will also result in at least 1 person being no longer needed - and as for post 16.... I think it's probably the death knell for German as well - is it possible to get to GCSE standard in a year, given the way it's now assessed?? At present, we offer 3 languages to A Level - now I'm looking at just French up to GCSE. So much for the White paper raising the profile of MFL!!!!!!