The concept of the English Baccalaureate, a new group award to be used as an additional indicator in KS4 performance tables, was introduced in the recent Education White Paper. The English Baccalaureate will recognise A* to C passes at GCSE or iGCSE in five subject areas; English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages.
Further details listing which qualifications will be counted for each subject are now available in a Statement of Intent 2010 Addendum notice, on the Department for Education's website.
The new indicator will come into effect for the 2010 School Performance Tables which are published in January 2011. In term of any future changes to the definition of the English Baccalaureate, the Government notice states: "We will review the precise definition of the EBacc for the 2011 Tables, but wouldn’t expect to remove any of the qualifications identified for the 2010 Tables."