Teresa Tinsley and Kathryn Board
Language Trends 2016 is the 14th in a series of annual reports on language learning in English schools. The research is based on an online survey completed by teachers in almost 500 state secondary schools, 556 state primary schools and 132 independent secondary schools across the country.
It includes case studies from both primary and secondary schools, providing a detailed picture of what is happening on the ground. The report identifies several challenges facing language teaching in England, and suggests that teachers and school leaders see the exam system as one of the principal barriers preventing the development of language teaching.
The report also highlights some positive developments, predominantly at primary level with almost half of primary schools having increased the resources available for languages.
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