Fewer than one in seven pupils will achieve EBacc by 2018, study predicts

TES are reporting that researchers from Education Datalab say raising the standard for EBacc will hit some schools harder than others

Schools face a step change in demand under a key GCSE accountability measure, with the proportion of pupils reaching the required standard expected to plunge below one in seven, TES can reveal.

From next year, pupils will be required to start scoring new GCSE grade 5s instead of the current, easier grade Cs if they are to achieve the English Baccalaureate, the Department for Education has said.

An Education Datalab analysis, shared with TES, forecasts that the change will result in the proportion of state school pupils achieving the EBacc dropping from nearly a quarter last year (24.3 per cent) to just 14 per cent by 2018.

Mike Treadaway, who compiled the Education Datalab figures, said that the drop in EBacc achievement would hit some schools harder than others, with limited impact on grammars and “schools with very low attaining intakes”.

“I’ve got some concern that it will impact differently on different schools and that it will be important for governors and for Ofsted to understand that.”

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  1. at2__1

    SchoolsImprove educationgovuk E.Bacc is a bad idea. Makes pupils choose subjects they may not wish to pursue. Compulsory MFL post Brexit?!

  2. amirshah316

    SchoolsImprove maybe it’s time to expand the EBacc with Religious Studies and Art so it can be accessed by more pupils.

  3. MrDeach27

    SchoolsImprove considering EBacc isn’t a qualification it shouldn’t mean much if students don’t achieve it. A school measure, nothing more

  4. EBacc is a retrograde step – forcing pupils to take subjects not for their benefit but for the benefit of school league tables.  It’s time to stop emphasising exams at 16 and move towards graduation at 18 via multiple routes.

  5. MrDeach27 SchoolsImprove But a school measure that can ruin careers, force schools to become academies and, worst of all, force pupils to make choices at 14 based on school needs not their needs.

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