Boys and Languages: Increasing the uptake of MFL at Key Stage 4

4 February 2020

Recent research published by the British Council confirms that boys’ rate of entry and attainment in language subjects are consistently below those of girls. Boys are far less likely than girls to be taking languages – especially French and Spanish – and of those that do, girls out-perform boys in terms of the proportion achieving the top grades. The British Council’s report Boys studying modern foreign languages at GCSE can be read in full here.  
ASCL MFL Consultant Suzanne O’Farrell and the British Council have produced an information paper suitable for school and senior leaders in primary and secondary phases to build on these findings and suggest practical examples of how to support a higher uptake of MFL among boys – download the paper here

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