At present, students from Albanian-speaking cultures are unable to study Albanian at GCSE level in schools. We believe that the Albanian language deserves recognition as a GCSE subject in its own right, like other community languages. We believe that community languages are an asset both to the pupils and the education system in the UK.
• Bilingualism in young people is linked to higher levels of achievement in numeracy, literacy and science, as well as in languages. (CILT, 2005, Language Trends 2005)
• In other community languages, pupils achieve consistently high results at GCSE level. (Ofsted, 2008, Every Language Matters)
• Language provision in schools including the teaching of a range of languages has been argued as vital in developing intercultural tolerance, social cohesion and economic competitiveness. (Nuffield Language Inquiry, 2000, languages: the Next Generation.
Please sign this petition to lobby the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to provide the Albanian language as a GCSE and to take the necessary steps to introduce this into our classrooms.