English baccalaureate subjects to be reintroduced

It has been argued that pupils should take GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography and expects all pupils will be enrolled in more academic subjects by 2018.

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan has said in an interview for the Sunday Times: “I want every child – 100% of children starting secondary school in September – to be entered for these core academic subjects which evidence shows sets every child up for life,”

“We know that for too long children in some state schools have been discouraged from taking these academic subjects. We want these children to get better jobs and go to top universities and we know that taking these subjects unlocks that.”

The EBacc was first introduced by Michael Gove in 2010 but was criticised for marginalising creative subjects such as design, drama or music and failed to achieve an enthusiastic response from many British schools.

National Association for Head Teachers say that forcing students to take EBacc subjects reduces individual school autonomy and “continues the disturbing trend of using Ofsted as an enforcement arm of the government”.

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