The government's plans for the EBacc have finally been confirmed eighteen months after the consultation closed, with Justine Greening saying that the government will only expect 75 per cent of pupils to be studying EBacc subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language – by 2022.
The 90 per cent goal, set out in the EBacc consultation which closed eighteen months ago, has been pushed back to 2025.
Deborah Annetts, founder and leader of the Bacc for the Future campaign said: ‘For a Government that claims to care about economic growth, social mobility, diversity and the creative industries, this decision is short-sighted and misconceived. A matter of weeks after Ofqual confirmed the negative impact the EBacc is having on creative subjects in our schools the Secretary of State has betrayed the future of our children and their opportunities for work as well as our thriving creative industries. We have no choice but to step up the Bacc for the Future campaign and urge the Department for Education to think again. We would ask Justine Greening to meet with Bacc for the Future representatives as soon as possible so she can understand first-hand the damage this misguided policy is having. As the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman said last week: ‘All children should study a broad and rich curriculum.’ We need to create an education which is fit for the 21st Century and fit for our country post-Brexit. This is not the way to do it.'