Hi, I work in an independent school where we teach French, Spanish and German throughout the school. We have been teaching Mandarin as an extra-curricular subject for years, mainly enabling Chinese heritage pupils to take qualifications in their native language but also allowing some non-native speakers to learn the language and take GCSE, with considerable success. It has now been decided to introduce Mandarin into the KS3 curriculum alongside the 3 "traditional" European languages, giving new pupils in Year 7 a free choice of 2 out of 4 language options (they will have taster sessions in all 4 during the Autumn term, make their choice before Christmas and begin lessons proper in their chosen 2 in January). The MFL department staff have concerns that eventually, Mandarin may take pupils away from Fr/Sp/Ger (it's inevitable) and in particular reduce GCSE and A Level numbers in these languages. A Level numbers are very small as it is. Has anyone else been through a similar scenario? I am just wondering how it has panned out in other schools and if our concerns are justified.