English Baccalaureate; from Implementing the English Baccalaureate
'Schools must teach a broad and balanced curriculum and we understand that schools will need to think carefully about how they will continue to offer a range of options at key stage 4, including in the arts.'
Structure of the EBacc:
The EBacc comprises the core academic subjects that the vast majority of young people should have the opportunity to study to age 16. To enter the EBacc, pupils must take up to eight GCSEs across five subject ‘pillars’. The structure of the EBacc is below:
Regarding concerns about discrimination against those mainstream pupils that want to take technical or professional pathways but are not able to attend a specialist institution, there will continue to be room for students to study other subjects including technical qualifications alongside the EBacc subjects in mainstream schools. The EBacc covers seven GCSEs, or eight for those taking triple science, and on average, students in state-funded schools in 2016 entered nine GCSEs and equivalent qualifications, rising to ten for more able students.
7% of responses were from schools saying that they are considering increasing the teaching time for EBacc subjects in key stage 4, either by reducing the time for other subjects, increasing the number of years over which they teach GCSE courses or by extending the school day.