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Reaction to review of severe grading of MFL exams

Following a review into concerns about severe grading of modern languages at GSCE  level, Ofqual have confirmed there is a strong case to make an adjustment to grading standards in French and German, but not Spanish. They will require exam boards that offer these subjects to make adjustments to align grading standards in French and German […]

UK Language Policy after Brexit 2019 Conference

Alongside colleagues at Queen’s University, I was delighted to host the 2019 UK Language Policy after Brexit conference in September. Thanks to all the speakers and attendees.    We managed to catch up with some of the contributors for some short interviews, I would encourage you to view. Fiona MacKay, Director of Scotland’s National Centre […]

New Evaluation report -Working together for Languages

I was delighted to support the work of Marion Sporing and Hannah Doughty who alongside Bernardette Holmes have produced an evaluation report ‘Working together for languages’ looking at four collaborative language promotion projects. It reports on the impact of these initiatives on learner attitudes and uptake in secondary school after a three-year collaboration from 2014-15 […]

New British Council Language Trends Northern Ireland Report

The British Council have today (May 21st) launched their Language Trends Northern Ireland survey report. It’s based on their survey of 300 Northern Ireland Schools and looks at uptake and attitudes towards languages in the school system. You can listen to my reaction on BBC Radio Ulster on in the audio clip above.  Also on BBC Northern […]