Call to scrap ‘worthless’ EBacc over drop in arts GCSEs

According to TES, the “worthless” EBacc should be scrapped after helping to drive a big fall in the number of pupils taking GCSEs in arts subjects, a former Michael Gove adviser has said.

A report from the education think tank EDSK, published today, examines trends in exam entries and results since the performance measure was introduced in 2010.

The report says the EBacc as well as Progress 8, “will have contributed to this decline in terms of encouraging schools to prioritise EBacc subjects over other options”, but acknowledges that financial pressures may also have had a role.

The government wants 75 per cent of Year 10 pupils in state schools to study the EBacc combination of GCSEs by 2022, rising to 90 per cent by 2025.

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