• 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

  • Most teachers and parents fear EBacc could narrow curriculum

    More than two thirds of respondents to the DfE’s consultation on the English Baccalaureate are worried that schools will be unable to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum as the number of pupils taking it increases. The results of the Department for Education’s consultation on ‘Implementing the English Baccalaureate’, released today, show that 71 per cent

    15.56 Jul. 19th, 2017 | News

  • DfE believes fewer teachers in creative subjects will be needed in the future

    Official government figures show the demand for teachers in EBacc subjects is set to soar, indicating the subjects will become mandatory, despite a consultation response on the policy being withheld from publication. Almost twice as many trainees in geography, for example, are needed next year, while the demand for new teachers in creative subjects will

    5.00 May. 19th, 2017 | News