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Ofqual responds to Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP’s letter on the future of foreign language qualifications

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has ‘recognised the concerns’ that have been expressed over the potential withdrawal of community languages qualifications, including Greek and Turkish.

In a recent response to a letter from Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, who has called for community languages to be safeguarded in the long-term, the CEO and Chief Regulator of Ofqual, Ms Glenys Stacey, confirmed that exam boards will “continue with existing qualifications until September 2018” and that, at this time, “Ofqual has not […] ruled out the future development of any subject.”

Ms Stacey said a further announcement on the approach taken towards community languages will be made “later in the year” and when this takes place “exam boards will need to decide whether or not to develop reformed qualifications for other languages such as Greek and Turkish in the future.”

Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:

“I am pleased that Ofqual is taking my concerns seriously on this important issue.

Whilst I am pleased that community languages qualifications have been secured until 2018, students, teachers, schools and communities – including the Greek and Turkish communities in Enfield – deserve to know as soon as possible whether these subjects will remain available beyond 2018.

I am very hopeful this will be the case and I will continue to support any and all efforts to ensure community languages are secured for many more years to come.” 

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