News

Two posts on the UCML Executive Committee fall vacant on 25 July 2016. We are therefore calling for nominations of suitably qualified people to these roles: deadline 25 June 2016.


The post of Vice-chair for Engagement & External Communication falls vacant on 25 July 2016. We are therefore calling for nominations of a suitably qualified person to this role: deadline 25 June 2016.


To comply with the UCML Constitution we are hereby announcing proposed amendments to the Standing Orders with one month's notice in advance of the AGM on 1st July.


You can now show your support for our #loveEU campaign on your facebook or twitter profile in the run up to the referendum.


What value should we put on languages in the UK? Why do they actually matter (if the world is learning English...)? What strategies do we need as a country in respect of languages? This fantastic report draws out some of the current evidence, illustrated by excellent case-studies and then makes several strong recommendations about a way forward.


UUK drive on student voter registration this week (16-20 May 2016). Throughout this week a range activity will be taking place at university campuses and FE colleges across the UK. Activity will include on the spot registrations with tablets, registration call outs in lectures and reminders on computer log in screens. There will also be a registration push on social media, using #generationEUvote and #readytovote.


The exam board OCR announced on 16th May 2016 that it would not be continuing with the process of accreditation of the new GCSEs and GCEs (A/AS levels) in French, German and Spanish. This effectively means that OCR will no longer be offering any languages qualifications.


Italian Studies is under review at Reading. This has stimulated wide levels of concern across the sector, given the preeminent position of Reading in relation to Italian Studies over many years.


The DfE has announced the continuation of these threatened qualifications. UCML warmly welcomes this news and congratulates the DfE and the Awarding Bodies on the work which has gone into securing their future. This is of massive importance given our increasingly multilingual society and provides recognition for the diversity of languages spoken and being learnt by members of our communities. We hope that this will encourage more young people to continue learning languages at school, at university and as lifelong learners.


The Language Trends Survey 2015/16 – now in its fourteenth year – identifies numerous challenges currently facing language teaching in schools in England. This year’s research is based on an online survey completed by teachers in 492 state secondary schools, 556 state primary schools and 132 independent secondary schools across the country. Case studies from both primary and secondary schools have also been included to provide a more detailed picture of what is happening on the ground.