The annual publication of findings from the
Language Trends survey shows that 40% of maintained schools
reported changes to their language provision since the
introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).
The report highlights that while the downward
trend seen over the past decade continues with GCSE language
take-up, the introduction of the EBacc appears to have had a
positive effect on language provision in the last academic
While the EBacc’s success in improving
language up-take is being realised across the country, the report
also reveals that maintained schools are dropping alternative
language accreditations such as Asset Languages and NVQ Language
units after a steady period of growth from 45% to 33% in 2011 in
spite of dissatisfaction with the GCSE.