The TES is reporting warnings from head teachers that plans for all students to study Ebac subjects at GCSE will result in schools facing “substantial problems..”
..After winning the election, prime minister David Cameron stated that his government would implement the Conservative party’s manifesto in full. This includes the pledge that all GCSE pupils will be required to study EBac subjects: English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern foreign language.
Headteachers are concerned that this will limit the subjects their students can take in order to meet the government’s new league table measure, Progress 8, which will replace the five A*-C benchmark…
David Blow, headteacher of the Ashcombe School in Surrey, said the move was likely to cause “very substantial problems” for his students, who would want a greater focus on more creative subjects…
For the full story, get the 29 May edition of TES
Under the Progress 8 plans, results will be tracked in eight subjects split into three groups: one for English and maths (with double weighting), then one for three Ebac subjects, and then one for three optional subjects.
However, the Ebac requirement for all will presumably, in effect, restrict this second group not just to any three Ebac subjects but instead specifically to a science, a humanity and a modern language, potentially limiting further the options in the third group. Is that right?
Where do you see the problems emerging from this in practice and in which kind of scenarios will it have the greatest impact?
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