The White Paper and modern languages

Jenny Carpenter's picture
For information, I have contacted John Hopper who is the Language Lead at the DfE. Here is what he said about modern languages in the English Baccalaureate:

"The English Baccalaureate is based solely on A*-Cs in GCSEs or iGCSEs in the five categories of subject in question. Any language GCSE (except English) can qualify as the ancient or modern language, so an Urdu GCSE is as equal in value for the Bacc as a French or Latin one."
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Francis Gilbert's picture
Tue, 07/12/2010 - 12:08

This is great news. The wording in the Addendum is vague, naming some specific languages as acceptable, but not others. I think this wording needs to go into the document. I am glad that the government is giving parity to all Modern Foreign Languages. I still don't think that Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew should have parity because they are dead languages without living contexts; it's like studying a fossil, compared with a living organism.

Liam Collins's picture
Tue, 07/12/2010 - 12:44

Any news on GCSEs in Economics, Law, Sociology, RE, Business Studies, Art, Drama, Music, ICT etc etc. Worse thought out announcement yet...and that is truly saying something

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