Poorer students less likely to study history at GCSE under government reforms, study says

According to The Independent, disadvantaged students are less likely to study history at GCSE than their peers under major government reforms, research has found. 

The reforms, from then education secretary Michael Gove, have “deepened” the divide in access to the traditionally academic subject between high and low achieving students, academics say.  

The reforms – which include the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) and tougher GCSEs – have created a system where students with lower prior attainment are deterred, it says.  

The research, which looks at data from 2010 to 2014, says: “[Schools] have responded by entering more middle and high-attaining students. Overall the introduction of this performance measure appears to have created an inequitable situation regarding access to subjects like history.”

The report “raise concerns” about students from poorer economic backgrounds who are less likely to opt, or perhaps even to be given the chance to opt, for academic subjects like history.

The Department for Education (DfE) has been approached for a comment.

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