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If shy kids find MFL torture, something is wrong

Originally posted on fish64:
I came across a tweet recently which saddened me. “For shy kids, MFL can feel like torture”. This was then used as an argument for ditching the opportunity to learn a second foreign language in school and…

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Stop MFL decline? Not just one thing to do, but many

Originally posted on fish64:
As an MFL teacher and head of department, I am naturally interested when something like the following appears. In response, we usually get a flurry of tweets proposing solutions to the problem of declining language take…

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Secondary curriculum design – let’s standardise the basics first

Originally posted on fish64:
Ofsted’s focus on the curriculum seems to have thrown up two contrasting views, roughly equating to a trad/prog split, on what the ideal secondary curriculum should look like. I have enjoyed reading both viewpoints and deciding…

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Rebutting the “Stuff the facts – let’s just develop confident rhetoric” argument

Originally posted on fish64:
Every now and then I see an article which makes me think about what the author is really saying and trying to see if I can agree with it. The article which got me thinking inferred…

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Back to the 1960s and 1970s with ASCL

Originally posted on fish64:
Recently I spotted a year 11 pupil (I dislike the word student unless used for 6th form or university) with a copy of “Anna Karenina” in her bag. Having studied some Russian, I asked her if…

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MFL could easily become the preserve of independent schools – despite the Ebacc

Originally posted on fish64:
So, the Progress 8 score are out and it appears that despite the Ebacc, MFL entries are falling. Mary Bousted of the NEU makes the following comment in this article: “The decrease in the proportion of pupils…

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Progress or attainment?

Originally posted on fish64:
“You value attainment. I don’t. You have failed to understand that progress rules.” A well known blogger once tweeted this to me. It is actually quite shocking when you think about it. An educator who says “I…

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