GCSE MFL entry 'lower for free school meals pupils'

Disadvantaged pupils, regardless of prior attainment, are less likely to take modern foreign languages GCSE, study shows

GCSE: Disadvantaged students are less likely to be entered for modern foreign languages GCSE, research shows

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to be entered for modern foreign languages GCSEs than their peers – regardless of prior attainment, new statistics show.

And poorer pupils are much more likely to be entered for at least one non-GCSE qualification, according to analysis by data experts FFT Education Datalab.

Pupils entered for French, German or Spanish GCSE

The research shows that, in 2018, disadvantaged pupils were less likely than other pupils with similar key stage 2 attainment to enter GCSEs in French, German or Spanish.

Pupils entered for at least one non-GCSE qualification at KS4

Meanwhile, more than half – 51 per cent – of poorer pupils attending state-funded mainstream schools entered at least one non-GCSE qualification at KS4, eligible for performance tables purposes in 2018.

Entry rates in MFL GCSEs and non-GCSEs

This compared with 38 per cent of other pupils.

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