The secret bias against ‘community’ languages that is holding back students and the UK
“Silenced Voices” reveals how thousands of BAME students are at risk of being denied GCSEs and A-Levels in community languages this year.
Last summer A-Levels in all community languages including Bengali, Polish, Arabic and Chinese plummeted 41% and GCSEs by 28% because the government failed to put in place measures to accredit them during lockdown.
This report argues that this failure is symptomatic of a wider British bias against community languages. Alongside powerful testimonies from teachers and students, it lays out a road map for change that will better serve social justice and the British economy.