The Discussion List was very busy with debate about the decision of OCR to revise its provision of accreditation through Asset Languages. Here is a Briefing note re Asset Languages prepared by Teresa Tinsley from ALL’s Executive Council.
Various organisations are concerned by this, and are taking this matter forward. Here is a digest of activity so far, and in the pipeline, with links where available:
- Letter to OCR/ Department for Education from Language Alliance
- Meeting of a campaign of young people re: Asset Languages
- Note from President Bernardette Holmes to Asset
- representation on Radio 4 (Teresa Tinsley)
- writing letters to MPs etc.
- Briefing note re Asset Languages
- briefing Baroness Coussins
Private conversations and representations
Ruth Ahmedzai has posted a summary of arguments in favour of OCR and the government reconsidering their plans. Her second blog post on the campaign makes suggestions of a possible alternative provision.
- Related article from the TES, September 2012
- Related article from the New Statesman, September 2012
- Update from OCR , September 2012
- Alternative accreditations for Arabic
We are grateful to Haroon Shirwani at Eton College for this information which highlights other accrediting bodies who provide for Arabic specifically in these details, but also a range of other languages.
- OCR statement on Asset Languages: Following a review of its language provision, OCR has released a statement on its Asset Languages qualifications.
OCR announcement about the end of Asset Languages: see Removal of Asset Languages qualifications.
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