David Dunn letter to the Times re modern languages

In a letter to the Times 17/08/13, David Dunn, Headmaster of  Yarm School writes on the subject of modern languages and why students are putt off choosing these subjects.

Students are not choosing foreign languages at GCSE and A level as they are seen as more difficult subjects in which to achieve good grades

Sir, You report (Aug 16) concern about the sharp fall in numbers taking foreign languages at GCSE and A level — a concern which I and my colleagues share. One of the main reasons for this problem is apparent from your table (page 51) in this year’s A level results: far fewer top grades are awarded in modern languages than in other subjects, and this has been the case for many years.

Bright students, well aware of the high entry standards demanded by top universities, see this and are put off, choosing instead subjects where their effort and talent have a better certainty of being rewarded.

David Dunn 
Headmaster, Yarm School, Stockton-on-Tees

Click here to read the letter.