• Scrap EBacc and reform Progress 8 to tackle creative subjects slump, ministers told

    Ministers should ditch the EBacc and reform the Progress 8 performance measure to arrest the slump in the number of pupils taking creative arts subjects, says a new report. The education think tank EDSK found that since the introduction of the EBacc in 2010, design and technology GCSE entries have fallen 65 per cent, while

    0.01 Jul. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Spielman: 'Red herring' to blame plunge in D&T numbers solely on EBacc

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has defended the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) as being the main driver of plunging pupil numbers for subjects such as design and technology. Amanda Spielman said today that between 2003 and 2017, the number of design and technology GCSEs taken by 16-year-olds in England “plummeted” by nearly two-thirds, from 420,000 pupils to just

    15.26 Jul. 10th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: The three inconvenient truths about the EBacc

    The government is facing renewed calls to review its controversial EBacc accountability measure after three separate claims by ministers about the success of the reforms were debunked. The Russell Group of elite universities yesterday ditched its list of “facilitating subjects” amid concerns that too many pupils felt they had to study only academic subjects to

    5.00 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • GCSE results 2018: Send us your (non-traditional) success stories!

    Teenagers across England will find out the results of their GCSEs tomorrow. Every year, Schools Week takes an alternative approach to reporting pupil success stories. Usually, we focus uniquely on those who attend secondary modern schools – non-selective schools that recruit from the same neighbourhood as grammar schools. We do this, not to ‘condone’ a selective school system, but

    14.44 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | Feature

  • Art & Design GCSE entries stay strong in face of EBacc

    Fewer pupils have been entered for non-EBacc subjects this year, except in art and design which has bucked the decline and increased by two per cent. Official government figures released this morning also show entries to EBacc subjects have soared, especially in the sciences. A larger cohort of pupils means there are more overall GCSE entries

    10.33 May. 24th, 2018 | News

  • PE teachers lured into shortage subjects via new plan

    The government’s new scheme to get PE trainees teaching EBacc subjects is splitting the schools community. The Association for Physical Education described it as “a superb idea”, but a representative of one training provider claimed the scheme could be used to mislead candidates. The government has lifted the cap on teacher-training places at school and

    5.00 Oct. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • Languages responsible for drop in EBacc entries

    The proportion of pupils entering the EBacc has dropped for the first time, new data shows, and experts claim the pressure for high Progress 8 scores is causing schools to avoid “risky” EBacc subjects. Whereas 39.7 per cent of pupils entered the EBacc last year, that proportion dropped by 1.5 percentage points to 39.7 per

    5.00 Oct. 14th, 2017 | News

  • EBacc results 2017: Entries drop as academies perform strongest

    The government has released provisional key stage 4 data this morning that reveals how schools have fared in headline accountability measures. The data includes figures on the new Progress and Attainment 8 measures (our analysis so far here) and also provides an update on EBacc figures. Here we round up the key findings from the

    11.13 Oct. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Which accountability measures should schools prioritise?

    With the DfE and Ofsted making clashing requirements, Liam Collins is forced to wonder which accountability measures and diktats schools should be prioritising Let us all understand this correctly: the new key stage 4 accountability measure will be the lever that gets schools to enter every pupil into the now infamous five (effectively seven) Ebacc GCSEs.

    10.00 Aug. 22nd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Change to EBacc measure breaks DfE's own rules

    The government’s plans to change the way schools are measured from 2018 appear to conflict with its own rules on accountability reform. On Wednesday, Justine Greening announced that schools will be measured in a new way from 2018 on the English Baccalaureate, a change which will affect pupils already midway through their GCSE courses. However,

    5.00 Jul. 24th, 2017 | News

  • We need a Bacc for the future, not a curriculum from 1904

    The English Baccalaueate is driving pupils – especially those from poorer backgrounds – away from creative subjects. This cannot stand, argues Deborah Annetts After 18 months, the government has finally published its long-awaited response to the EBacc consultation. And it isn’t good news. Ambitious plans to have 90% of pupils in England study the English Baccalaureate

    11.50 Jul. 20th, 2017 | Opinion