Since the introduction of the new curriculum for languages students start the key stage 4 syllabi in year 9. They follow the AQA MFL examination board. They are assessed on the different four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) at the end of year 11. This is a linear exam 100% assessed.  Each skill carries a weighing of 25%. They continue to have two lessons of French/Spanish or Spanish a week but they also need to attend the scheduled revision sessions. We also offer intervention sessions in the morning to help them learn to meet Higher or Foundation exam requirements

The new curriculum emphasizes the value of listening to, and reading authentic material and expects students to speak and write spontaneously. Furthermore, a higher emphasis is put on grammar and translation.

Thus, our native assistants play an important role at key stage 4, by providing extra support with the students’ speaking assessments.


Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE French specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives in Foundation and Higher tiers.

· AO1: Listening – understand and respond to different types of spoken language.   25%

· AO2: Speaking – communicate and interact effectively in speech.  25%

· AO3: Reading – understand and respond to different types of written language. 25%

· AO4: Writing – communicate in writing. 25%


Students have to attend an after school revision session fortnightly. In addition, they also have to attend Saturday revision as and when planned.  Students are also able to book a session with the assistants and work on a one 2 one basis. After the first Mock exam, the department puts together an intervention weekly session to assist targeted students with their needs.

Apart from being given immediate feedback on their language use by our teachers and assistants, they are levelled every half term through end of unit tests. We do two mock examinations a year and students need to produce spoken or written assignments at least once a week that are marked according to GCSE mark schemes.


Students are given their own vocabulary grammar booklet at the beginning of the year for their own personal study. They have a workbook (grammar and translation) that corresponds to their textbook. We normally set the page that corresponds to the textbook page we are doing in lesson once a week, usually the first lesson. We set a writing task on the second day we see the students. 

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