Ros McNeil, Assistant General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the Government’s announcement of a network of ‘language hubs’ designed to boost the take-up of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at GCSE level.
“We should be alarmed by the decline in take-up in MFL subjects, particularly Spanish, French and German. These are such important subjects and we need more young people confident in new languages, not fewer. However, hubs on their own won't be enough to keep and develop the community of MFL teachers needed, or address why these language subjects are in decline. The shortage of MFL teachers is serious and is storing up long term problems."