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* I wonder if the heads bemoaning the fall in pupils taking modern languages at GCSE include any from schools which, a couple of years ago, decided to flaunt the law by making languages at key stage 4 optional - a year or more in advance of any government pronouncements to this effect.

As I remarked at the time as an outgoing head of languages in response to an Association for Language Learning survey, this pre-emptive move seriously devalued the subject within schools, sending the mesage to pupils that language learning was not important.

Alan Marshall

16 Mayfield Close

Ferndown, Dorset

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