Hi, I would be grateful if you could give me your thoughts and suggestions on the following dilemna. In KS3, our students have always studied French. Last year we introduced Spanish so that we now have 2 languages studied equally over the 3 years of KS3. This seems to be going well as students appreciate the choice of languages when they have to make their options - particularly as the more able students have to study an MFL at KS4. I have just been told that from the Sept 2012 intake we have to condense KS3 into 2 years with students taking their GCSE options at the end of year 8. The most sensible decision - which will ensure better results would be to offer just 1 language in KS3. This seems such a pity, however, I'm concerned that 1 year of each language would be insufficient prep for GCSE. This is not a grammar school - but a challenging school with poor results. To find some way round the problem, I'm considering the option of offering, say, a half-term of each language at the start of year 7 with students (with their teacher) making a choice of which language to pursue thereafter throughout KS3 and eventually KS4. However, the timetable problems that this may cause, plus what to do when students can't get the MFL they want (due to numbers etc) and complaining parents etc. is causing me anxiety already. I can't be the only one to have this dilemma - I would really appreciate sharing your thoughts on this.