English baccalaureate ‘creates problems for motivation and behaviour’

The Guardian is reporting that a recent NUT survey has found that the EBacc is ‘stifling’ pupils by forcing them to take subjects they do not like.

The government’s English baccalaureate is stifling pupils by forcing them to take subjects they do not enjoy, in some cases creating problems for motivation and behaviour, according to a survey of schools funded by the National Union of Teachers.

The survey of 1,800 NUT members, carried out by researchers at King’s College London, found a large majority blamed the Ebacc – which is a school performance measure – for narrowing the range of subjects being taught for GCSE examinations, with creative and vocational subjects being squeezed out.

“The government should take this report seriously. It uncovers significant problems with the Ebacc and shows the profession does not support the attempt to steer all schools towards a narrow range of subjects,” said Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the NUT.

“The demands of Ebacc are driving creative and vocational subjects out of the curriculum and are harming students’ motivation, engagement and appetite for learning.”

The Department for Education has defended the policy by arguing that “there is time for most pupils to study other valuable subjects in addition to the Ebacc, including religious studies, arts subjects or vocational and technical disciplines”.

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Do you agree with the DfE’s defence or should this report be taken seriously to address problems with the EBacc? Do you agree with the report’s findings in relation to your school or your experience?

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