An EBacc/ABacc English Curiosity

A morning Twitter discussion highlighted this curiosity: In order to count in the EBacc statistics a student needs to get an English Language GCSE or an English (combined) GCSE. English Literature, on its own, can't count. In order to count in the ABacc statistics a student must get three of the Russell Group 'facilitating subjects'. English Literature is one. … Continue reading An EBacc/ABacc English Curiosity

Can I go to university without the EBacc?

NB: If you're looking for an explanation of what the EBacc actually *is* try my other post explaining it here. If you want to know about university EBacc requirements, read on In a word 'Yes'. There is no university that currently requires you to have passed, or even studied, all the subjects in the English … Continue reading Can I go to university without the EBacc?

A Further Word on Geography in the EBacc

My feelings on subjects included in the EBacc are fully laid out here, but my basic gripe is that the 'humanities' requirement which includes just Geography or History makes no sense.  Humanities isn't defined that way in any major university, in any other country, or in the International Baccalaureate. One argument is that geography is … Continue reading A Further Word on Geography in the EBacc

What is the English Baccalaureate? (Or EBacc, for short)

The "English Baccalaureate" is (currently) a set of subjects that, if taken at GCSE, add up to you getting the 'EBacc'.  So far the EBacc exists as an idea rather than as a certificate, but plans are afoot to ensure that any student who achieves a C grade or above in all of the required … Continue reading What is the English Baccalaureate? (Or EBacc, for short)

Reasons for EBacc Subjects (and reasons why I don’t agree)

*If you are looking for basic info on the EBacc (e.g. subjects included, how it affects certification) this post about 'what is the ebacc' might be more appropriate). If you want to know the reasons for the subjects included, read on!* Schools must now publish on their websites the % of pupils passing the 'English Baccalaureate' … Continue reading Reasons for EBacc Subjects (and reasons why I don’t agree)

A Letter To Future Education Ministers: Could Curriculum Review Look Like This?

Dear Future Education Ministers, Here's an idea.  Why not set up a committee called "The Curriculum Review Panel" [I know it sounds familiar but bear with me].  It would re-write sections of the curriculum each year, or in rolling blocks. For example, for 2 years they could do the curriculum for 9-11 year olds. Then … Continue reading A Letter To Future Education Ministers: Could Curriculum Review Look Like This?