Schools face pressure under plans to target academic GCSEs

Jun 14, 2015 by


Education secretary to say schools that fail to enter students into more academic subjects will be highlighted for parents by performance tables

The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, will this week announce plans to push pupils towards studying more academic GCSE qualifications by using performance tables to punish schools that fail to enrol pupils in the government’s English baccalaureate suite of subjects.

Morgan is to detail on Tuesday how she will deliver on a Conservative election pledge that secondary school pupils should take GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography – subjects that make up the English baccalaureate or EBacc – which critics say will marginalise creative subjects such as design, drama or music.

“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,” Morgan said in an interview with the Sunday Times.

“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.”

Source: Schools face pressure under plans to target academic GCSEs | Education | The Guardian

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