Language Trends survey - British Council

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Language Trends 2015/16: The state of language learning in primary and secondary schools in England

LANGUAGE TRENDS 2015/16

Language Trends 2015/16: The state of language learning in primary and secondary schools in England

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LANGUAGE TRENDS 2015/16

© COPYRIGHT EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT TRUST 2016. THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS PUBLICATION ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHORS AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT TRUST. 978-1-909437-81-4

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Contents Welcome to Education Development Trust

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About the British Council

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About the authors

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Acknowledgements

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Executive summary

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Key findings

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Languages in primary schools

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Languages in secondary schools

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Conclusions 15

Chapter 4: Language teaching in primary schools

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Chapter 7: Quality indicators and issues in secondary schools

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Extent of provision

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Responses to the new GCSE syllabuses

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Benefits of teaching languages

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Time allocation

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Continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers

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Response to the new national curriculum

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Key points

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Documentation, monitoring and assessment

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Teachers’ qualifications

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Chapter 8: Diversity in language learning in secondary schools

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Continuing professional development (CPD)

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Provision for lesser-taught languages

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Provision for pupils with home languages other than English

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Support for home languages

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Key points

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Case study: Westminster Academy

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Chapter 9: Key issues of concern for secondary schools

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Exams and assessment

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Perceptions about language learning

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Outlook for the future

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Key points

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Chapter 10: Conclusions

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Case study: Lee Chapel Primary School

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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Case study: Irby Primary School

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The policy context

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Key points

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Language Trends 2015/16

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Chapter 2: Research design and data collection

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Analysis of examination data

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Development of the questionnaires

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Data collection

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Case study visits

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Primary schools’ contact with secondary schools 75 Arrangements in secondary schools for receiving pupils who have learned a language in Key Stage 2 78 Schools working together: comparative views of primary and secondary teachers

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Key points

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Chapter 3: School examination data in England

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GCSE entries for language subjects

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A level entries for language subjects

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