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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