The downward spiral of entries for the main European languages continues.
French, 2015 157699, 2016, 144892, down 8%. German, 2015 54037, 2016 50271, down 7%. Spanish, 2015 90782, 2016 92681, up 2%. With the decline in A level entries, this confirms the critical state of languages teaching, particularly in state schools, as nearly all private schools insist on a language to GCSE.
Full results are downloadable here. Other languages show an increase of 597, from 33043 in 2015 to 33639 in 2016, just under 2%. Almost all of the increase is in Arabic and Chinese. Overall, the number taking a language at GCSE has fallen by just under 14000.
The poor national guidance behind the mis-teaching that has led to this decline needs to be corrected, urgently.