Modern foreign languages “squeezed out” of the school curriculum

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A BBC survey found that modern foreign languages were being “squeezed out” of the school curriculum by other subjects – particularly maths, science and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

The proportion of pupils studying foreign languages like French and German at GCSE level and above has consistently fallen, with a reported 29% drop over the last five years. 35% of schools were also said to have dropped at least one foreign language GCSE.

Teachers blamed perceptions that studying languages was “too hard”, as well as the withdrawal of pupils from language lessons for additional lessons relating to core subjects like maths.