Concern registered about the DfE’s EBacc proposals
February 26, 2016
The Department for Education’s (DfE) consultation on implementing the English Baccalaureate received 1,500 responses before closing on 29 January. Earlier in the month, NGA held two consultation events with the DfE in London and Birmingham, giving governors the opportunity to discuss their concerns.
NGA’s written response to the consultation argued: “The first and foremost consideration when making a decision about entering a pupil for the EBacc must be whether doing so is in his/her best interest.” The subjects included in the EBacc are right for some pupils but are “not the right choice for all”.
Concerns about narrowing of the curriculum are shared by others including the National Association for Head Teachers (NAHT), who in a statement criticised the perceived replacement of the Progress 8 performance measure with the EBacc, before Progress 8 has even properly begun.