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Languages: Education

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) under 11, (b) between 11 and 16 and (c) between 17 and 18 years studied a foreign language in each of the last five years. (202230)

Information on the subjects studied by children at schools is not held centrally by the Department. We can, however, provide figures for children attempting foreign language qualifications at GCSE and A-level. Information on the learning aims of post-16 learners is available from the School Census and the Individual Learner Record from colleges but can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows the number of attempts in GCSEs in modern foreign languages for the past five years.

Pupils attempting GCSEs in modern foreign languages

Number (Thousand)











Note:From 2005, figures are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4; prior to 2005, figures are based on 15-year-old pupils (age at start of school year).

Figures for attempts and achievements in GCE A level qualifications can be found in table 11 of SFR02/2008 "DCSF: GCE/VCE A/AS and Equivalent Examination Results in England, 2006/07 (Revised)" which is available via the following link:

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