Nick Gibb

Bognor Regis and Littlehampton


AQA has taken a unilateral decision to scrap the A-level in Polish from 2018. Are you going to lobby the AQA to reverse their decision? If yes, are there any other actions which you would undertake in order to preserve the Polish A-level?

Thank you for your letter of 16 June, addressed to the Secretary of State, on behalf of a number of your constituents, regarding A levels. I am replying as the Minister of State for Schools.

The Department is currently considering what further support and encouragement can be provided to awarding organisations to enable as wide a range of languages as possible to be maintained at GCSE and A level.

The Government has been clear that it wants to see all pupils provided with the opportunity to take a core set of academic subjects, including modern foreign languages. There are considerable benefits to learning a second language and the Government is keen to see the range of languages at GCSE and A levels preserved.

To this end, the Secretary of State wrote to examination boards in April to express her concern about their decision to cease awarding qualifications in certain languages. She asked awarding organisations to work with Ofqual on the future of these qualifications and committed, if there is no future action, to launching a consultation on how best to secure the future of these qualifications.

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