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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

More on Ebacc - research and counterarguments

I saw an article on the EBacc on the nightly news and am very disconcerted about how plans are going ahead for this shift in education policy.

Others have the same concern on our course and beyond.

How will it change things in English education?

What is the EBacc?

"The EBacc (or English Baccalaureate, to give it the full name) is different in a number of ways from the current GCSE. The EBacc will involve new-style exams at the age of 16 in five “core” subjects: English, maths, a science, a foreign language, and one or other of history or geography. Those wanting to take subjects outside the EBacc core will continue to take GCSEs in them until new syllabuses are constructed.

In the autumn of 2015, instead of beginning their GCSE courses, as at present, at the age of 14, the government proposals mean that Year 10 students will start the new two-year EBacc courses. Or at least in some subjects. Syllabuses in English, maths and science will begin to be taught then, with those for foreign languages and humanities (history or geography) following a year later" (Cookson, T, 2012, online). 
Full reference
Cookson, T, 2012, online, London: Telegraph Media Group Limited.[Accessed 6/2/13], Available from:

I also noted an article on the Independent about how this policy shift is affecting coursework by Garner.

However - what are the cournterarguments?

The government's own website


Gove's own take on why change is needed

however further criticism and discussion...

blog with some evaluation/analysis

Welsh government's response


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