Many head teachers across England will refuse to make all pupils study five traditional GCSE subjects according to a director of a prominent education body. This is due to many head teachers feeling that the EBacc is not appropriate for all youngsters in education.
This news comes after the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan confirmed that all pupils would have to study the EBacc from September, meaning all pupils starting secondary school will have to study English, a language, Maths, Science and History or Geography. This will be done by the government in belief that to develop a more socially mobile society, schools must secure highest standards of academic achievement for all young people, especially those from the least advantaged backgrounds.
The Education Secretary threatened that any school that doesn’t have 100% pupils studying the EBacc will not be able to obtain Ofsted’s top rating of ‘outstanding’. This however has not deterred leaders who have told Mrs Morgan that they would rather lose their top status that adopt a one size fits all approach. The NUT general secretary Christine Blower said “a bad idea has suddenly become much worse. Parents, like teachers, want a broad and balanced curriculum for their children”. Christine Blower continued to say that it is the responsibility of the government to translate that aspiration into a curriculum that can involve and engage all learners.
Bill Watkin, operational director of the school support and training body SSAT, believes there is a danger that other options like the arts, technology, physical education and religious studies would be lost to accommodate compulsory history and geography. But by removing creative subjects what will happen to students who work better this way? Does the EBacc allow for creativity to blossom? Are headteachers right in rejecting these imposed rules? What do you think? Have your say…