• 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

  • Teacher drop-out rates highest in EBacc subjects, study finds

    Drop-out rates for new teachers in key EBacc subjects is “particularly high”, a new analysis has claimed. A National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) study, published today, finds that teachers in maths, science and languages are most likely to leave the profession, particularly in their first five years. Researchers claim the drop-out rate in key subjects could

    0.01 May. 16th, 2017 | News

  • EBacc 'increases arts subject entries' but teacher numbers fall

    The EBacc has prompted a rise in pupils taking at least one arts subject at GCSE – but the number of teachers and contact hours dedicated to those subjects have fallen, because schools have “misunderstood” the EBacc, according to a new report. Concerns from cultural organisations that the five EBacc subjects – English, maths, science, a language

    0.01 Feb. 8th, 2017 | News

  • Gibb urged to make arts EBacc commitment after £300m music hub pledge

    Schools minister Nick Gibb has been urged to prove his commitment to the arts by introducing a “more creative EBacc” after announcing £300 million funding to secure the future of music education hubs. Gibb said the continued investment for the hubs, running since 2012, will help thousands of youngsters from all backgrounds to enjoy life-changing

    5.00 Nov. 27th, 2016 | News

  • Government told to 'come clean' on EBacc consultation findings after six-month delay

    The government has failed to publish a report from its own consultation into the EBacc launched a year ago, with unions and campaigners calling on ministers to “come clean” and reveal the findings. The Department for Education (DfE) launched a three-month long consultation on this day last year about making 90 per cent of pupils study

    17.32 Nov. 3rd, 2016 | News

  • Plans for new engineering A-level to recruit more creative students are dropped

    Proposals to develop a new engineering A-level have been dropped, Schools Week can reveal, as more A-levels bite the dust. Schools Week reported last year that the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) had submitted plans to develop a more creative engineering A-level to exam board Pearson, in an attempt to encourage more girls into undergraduate

    10.21 Oct. 28th, 2016 | News

  • EBacc results 2016: Languages and art entries fall, while science soars

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

    12.41 Oct. 13th, 2016 | News

  • Progress 8 results 2016: Key findings from the first national data release

    The government has published analysis of provisional GCSE results data which shows for the first time national analysis of Progress 8 scores and other measures in its new accountability system for schools. From this year, schools are judged based on their attainment 8 and progress 8 scores, attainment in English and maths and the number of

    11.36 Oct. 13th, 2016 | News