The TES is reporting new figures that show independent school pupils make up a quarter of all entries for A-levels in French, German and Spanish.
In 2015, a total of just 10,328 pupils studied French at A-level across the UK, with 2,572 (24.9 per cent) attending independent schools, according to an analysis of exam board statistics published by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) today.
Both Spanish and German also had low entry numbers, with independent school pupils providing a quarter of both. Nationally, only 14 per cent of all A-level students are educated in independent schools.
At GCSE, where the ISC says 5 per cent of all students are independently educated, more than 60 per cent of all entries for Classics are from independent schools.
The news comes amid what many believe is a crisis in modern foreign languages at A-level. Experts have warned that up to 40 per cent of university departments could close over the next decade because of lack of demand and competition between institutions…
In the full article Barnaby Lenon of the ISC describes independent school students as propping up some university modern language departments – why do you think this is?
Why are modern languages so unpopular in secondary schools now? And does it matter?
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