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Languages decline

The numbers of bright pupils taking a foreign language GCSE has hit an all time low, research says. A study by the Cambridge Assessment exam board found there has been a rapid decline since the Government made modern foreign languages optional after 14. Around 75 per cent of the brightest pupils took a language GCSE in 2008, 80 per cent in 2000, and 94 per cent in 1984, the research found.

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