The government’s proposals for how to get at least 90% of pupils to take GCSEs in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects* have been published.
The consultation sets out how the government will fulfil its manifesto commitment that the vast majority of pupils currently in year 7 should, in five years’ time, be entered for the EBacc at GCSE. “This academic core shouldn’t be the preserve of an academic elite,” says the Secretary of State for Education, “it should be the basic right of every single child”.
The DfE recognises the challenges involved in this ambition, including curriculum planning and teacher recruitment and training, but says it will “work with schools to explore the potential solutions”.
This consultation makes 6 proposals: