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Demand for modern languages teachers rising

01/06/2012 Joanna
Growing interest among students in foreign languages is creating an opportunity for more teaching jobs in French, Spanish and German.

According to the Independent, more students are becoming interested in foreign languages, meaning that demand is high for teachers – with generous financial remuneration on offer.

The newspaper explained that new figures suggest the number of students taking modern foreign languages at GCSE will be a third higher next year than in 2011, with subsequent rises predicted.

This shift has been attributed to changes such as the introduction of the English Baccalaureate, which places more focus on languages.

Concerns have been raised in recent years that fewer students are opting for humanities and languages subjects at secondary school – with French and Spanish joining geography and history on the list of subjects witnessing falls in pupil numbers.

Yet, figures from the Department for Education indicated last month that this trend is starting to reverse, with secondary school teachers spending a larger number of hours teaching modern languages.

In total, languages were estimated to have received 74,600 hours of lessons at Key Stage 4 in 2011, which represented a favourable eight per cent increase on the 69,300 reported in 2011.

At the time, schools minister Nick Gibb said that the figures reflect the fact schools are offering more core academic subjects.

"We want all children to have a broad and balanced education that includes English, maths, the sciences, a language and history or geography," he added.

In fact, figures suggest that an additional 3,400 secondary teaching jobs were created across English Baccalaureate subjects in 2011. The government also estimates that over half (54.4 per cent) of the time spent teaching the curriculum in secondary schools last year was in EBacc lessons including languages.

At present, there are three times as many French teachers as German teachers in England, with Spanish teachers now outnumbering their German counterparts.

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