A brief analysis of the numbers taking GCSE language exams this year and the trends when compared to previous years can be downloaded here.

Using the statistics published today by the Joint Council for Qualifications, UCML provide a trends analysis. This may be the quickest way for UCML members to check the figures for languages, without having to plough through the JCQ data.

The findings from our research into members' experiences of REF 2014.

In speeches in June 2015 both the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister of State for schools have outlined their plans for all pupils to take GCSEs in the EBacc suite of subjects (which crucially include a language). We knew from the Conservative party manifesto that the EBacc was to be 'enforced' through Ofsted. We now have more information on the plans and have written letters on behalf of UCML members in response.

Announced by UCML Wales: To compensate for the recent decline of take-up at GCSE and A-Level and promote MFL in Wales, Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, is investing £480K in 2015/16 and taking an ensemble of measures which will involve the expert input of schools, Higher Education, Estyn and languages institutes.

In accordance with the UCML Constitution, para.7.2, changes to the Standing Orders of UCML must be notified to the membership not less than one month before the meeting. (The standing orders, marked in yellow where the wording has been amended, are attached below for reference.) This serves as notification in advance of our AGM on 3rd July at which we shall be seeking approval from the membership.

An election has been called to fill the post of representative for Translation and Interpreting The candidates' statements are available below. There are two candidates: Andrew Rothwell (Swansea) Joanna Drugan (UEA) The University reps will be contacted shortly with information about the online voting system. A list of institution and association reps is attached and you should contact them to vote. The closing date for votes is 1 June at 4pm.

Elena Polisca has just taken over from Prof Paul Rowlett as Vice Chair Language and Intercultural Education. Christopher Hood has taken over from Gerda Wielander as representative on the Executive committee for East Asian Studies.

This survey will close on Sunday 7th June. The deadline has been extended.