SLT at our school have come up with a proposal that we in the MFL department are really struggling to get our heads around and it would be really helpful to know what other schools are doing: The suggestion is to stop teaching French as main from year 7-9 and Spanish as second language in Years 8-9 and instead to change to Spanish as the only language (in a department where the majority of the teachers are French specialists - but that's another issue!) and put the majority of students through GCSE at the end of Year 9 and then offer French at ab initio level in year 10. Our concern is that to push students through such an academic subject so early will be detrimental both to students' confidence, and to our results. Our school's A* to C last year was 69% and it is a reasonably academic school but we think this proposal is bonkers to say the least! What are other schools doing in the light of the International Baccalaureat? How many languages do you teach at KS3 and does anyone have experience of a wholesale approach to GCSE at year 9 as opposed to putting through only the brightest?