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MFL in secondary schools: challenges and opportunities Ian Hill Her Majestys Inspector Specialist Adviser for Modern Foreign Languages, Ofsted Session.

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1 MFL in secondary schools: challenges and opportunities Ian Hill Her Majestys Inspector Specialist Adviser for Modern Foreign Languages, Ofsted Session 3 MFL in secondary schools: challenges and opportunities (Ian Hill) Ian Hill HMI, the present senior HMI for MFL for England, drawing upon the findings of inspections, sets out the challenges and opportunities facing the teaching and learning of MFL in secondary schools in England. 9 January 2005

2 Challenges and opportunities for MFL Implementing primary MFL entitlement Improving provision and standards in KS3 Raising boys achievement Implementing KS4 MFL entitlement

3 Implementing PMFL For all KS2 pupils by Pathfinder LEAs: good start Curriculum: MFL KS2 Framework Staffing Assessment Continuity and progression

4 Improving provision and standards in KS3 Teaching is good in 60% of schools Lower than in other subjects 10% improvement over last 6 years Slower than in other subjects (core 18%, all 16%) Pupils achievement good in 45% of schools Less than in other subjects Slow improvement: MFL 15%, core 23%, all 22%

5 Positive impact of KS3 strategy and MFL Framework More good teaching in Y7 and Y8 Pupils react positively Pupils understanding of language is better Writing is longer and more accurate

6 But…. Still too much unnecessary English Listening and speaking sometimes neglected Narrow range of reading texts and tasks Not all schools use the Framework

7 Raising boys achievement Boys do not well enough in MFL 15% gap between boys and girls at GCSE A*-C Gap already there at end of KS3 Few schools plan to address this issue

8 Successful departments provide Systematic teaching of grammar Tasks which enable pupils to think about language, use it creatively and for a purpose Regular formative feedback and encouragement Analysis of performance data Visits and exchanges

9 Implementing KS4 MFL entitlement In 2004, fall in entries for GCSE French (5.6%) and German (3.9%) but Spanish up 3.9% Significant decline in numbers of pupils studying MFL in Y10 and Y1 MFL at risk of becoming elitist subject Importance of effective KS3 provision and commitment from school senior managers.


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