The EBacc

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) was introduced into the national curriculum in 2010. The EBacc is to aid the school performance tables. The EBacc is not a qualification within itself, however it shows the number of pupils who receive GCSEs grades A* to C in core academic subjects. The British Government stated in June 2015 their purpose for all pupils starting year seven at the start of the academic year September 2015, need to take the EBacc subjects when they reach GCSEs in 2020. The EBacc consists of five main subjects areas, these include: English, Maths, History or Geography, the sciences and a foreign language. Each pupil has to gain an A* – C GCSE in these subjects in order to pass the elements of the EBacc. Within the science element of the Ebacc, pupils will need to gain an A* – C grade either in, core and additional science, which includes all three sciences, take 3 single sciences at GCSE and achieve A* – C in at least two modules. Another option if for the pupil to take a GCSE double science award which means pupils will take 2 GCSE exams that cover the three main sciences, the pupils will also have to achieve grades A*-C. The aim of this system is to prepare pupils to go on and take the appropriate A Level subjects. This means that the EBacc has set out the curriculum as something to be more measurable, as it aimed to do. Nevertheless using this system is focussed on the academic subjects and does not value the creative subjects and this means that pupils who take a few art subjects do not fall within the EBacc performance measure. The systems also puts pressure not only on pupils to try and achieve the EBacc grades, it also enhances more pressure to teachers on gaining the right results for their school.

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