Traditional GCSE subjects for all pupils

Jun 11, 2015 by

Secondary school pupils in England will have to take GCSEs in five core subjects – including either history or geography – under plans to be set out by Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

All secondary school pupils in England will have to take GCSEs in five core academic subjects, under plans to be set out by Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

Mr Gibb will say he makes “no apology for expecting every child” to have a “high-quality education”.

The Conservative manifesto pledged that all pupils would take GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and either history or geography.

Heads’ leader Brian Lightman says it will be “challenging” for schools.

The schools minister will also warn that “textbooks are now a rare sight in English classrooms”, with only 10% of primary maths teachers using them.

He says he will challenge “textbook publishers to do better” in producing good quality resources for classrooms.

Mr Gibb, in a speech later, will argue that “knowledge is power” and that it is the most disadvantaged who are in greatest need of a rigorous academic education.

The schools minister will argue that there has been a dishonest pattern of poorer students being encouraged to take “less demanding qualifications”, which allowed the “powers that be” to say that overall standards were rising.

Source: Traditional GCSE subjects for all pupils – BBC News

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