OFQUAL has this week published a report into inter-subject comparability in GCSE modern foreign languages.

The report was commissioned in order to investigate the concerns of teachers and other subject experts that fewer students are choosing to study modern foreign language (MFL) GCSEs because they believe it is harder to achieve top grades in these subjects compared to others.

Following a review of the evidence that GCSE French, German and Spanish are severely graded in comparison to other subjects, OFQUAL concluded that there is a sufficiently strong case to make an adjustment to grading standards in French and German, but not Spanish.

UCML recognise and welcome the detailed work that has been carried out by OFQUAL and the fact that grades in French and German, but not Spanish, will be adjusted as early as summer 2020.

The full report can be viewed by clicking here.

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