2011 Language Trend Survey shows the impact of Ebacc
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 year. 24% of responding schools noted they had improved opportunities or guidance for pupils to take a qualification in their ‘home’ language
While the EBacc’s success in improving language up-take is evident 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.
Whilst some schools have increased the number of students they enter for community language GCSEs, these are still mostly taught off timetable. The report notes that
The lesser-taught languages (most commonly Arabic, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Urdu) are more frequently offered outside the curriculum than as a mainstream curriculum choice .