Modern Foreign Languages Conference to address ‘skills deficit’ in schools

Despite the UK’s evolving employment and commercial landscape, it has become readily apparent that we are now facing a ‘skills deficit’ in the provision of Modern Foreign Languages within schools.

The British Council’s Language Trends Survey 2016/2017 has revealed that since 2012, schools have faced shortfalls in pupils studying a second language, with a 37% reduction at GCSE level.

This shortfall has emerged due a combination of factors; from disparities in the engagement and quality of MFL provision at Key Stage 2, to deficits in language teachers and the CPD opportunities which enable them to deliver effective MFL interventions.

In order for the UK to create a skilled and commercially sustainable workforce which remains at the forefront of opportunity, schools themselves must be at the forefront of enhancing MFL provision and uptake by supporting pupils to effectively transition from KS2 to KS3, increasing pupil engagement through innovative teaching and also by delivering interventions which drive pupil attainment across MFL.

In response to this, on the 18th of October we will be bringing together a host of MFL and school leaders to share strategies for raising attainment and engagement across MFL subjects. With the Department for Education and AQA leading in discussions, this year’s Modern Foreign Languages Conference  will serve as an invaluable opportunity to learn how to prepare pupils for the reformed GCSE and A-level specifications, whilst evaluating innovative teaching solutions which improve the skills of all MFL pupils.

Taking place in Central London, join us to participate in workshops and best practice sessions in order to develop strategies which can increase uptake in MFL subjects, whilst gaining vital training opportunities on how to deliver outstanding MFL provision.

All QA readers are eligible for a 20% discount to attend the Modern Foreign Languages Conference! Modern Foreign Languages Conference

To secure your rate, please email or call 020 3770 6672, quoting offer code ‘QA-MFL’


  • Catherine Gregory, Lead for Modern Foreign Languages: Curriculum Division, Department for Education will be exploring the next steps in enhancing MFL teaching and learning outcomes.
  • Ian Bauckham CBE, CEO, Tenax Schools Trust and Chair – Review of Modern Foreign Language Pedagogy in Key Stage 3 & 4, Teaching Schools Council will be sharing how to enhance MFL Teaching Pedagogy to Improve Pupil Attainment
  • Jane Harvey, President – Elect, Association for Languages Learning (ALL) will be sharing how to support Engagement and Promoting Enjoyment in MFL Learning
  • Judith Rowland Jones, Head of Curriculum: Languages, AQA will be conducting a GCSE MFL Assessment, looking back at 2018 and forward to 2019


This is an invaluable opportunity to take away inspiration from providers on how to successfully increase the uptake of MFL subjects; adapting your practices in line with the changing MFL landscape, to ensure excellence when delivering outstanding MFL education.

For more information, please click here or call us on 0203 770 6672.