The effects of the English Baccalaureate

The DfE have published some research they commissioned into the effects of the English Baccalaureate.

While there is no mention of PSHE or drug education in the report what comes across is that for a significant proportion of schools the emphasis on the subjects that are in the EBacc comes at the expense of those which are not.

The report says that 17% of schools are going to drop some subjects while 18% say that they expect to offer a narrower curriculum.

This is important to us in recognising just how difficult it may be to encourage secondary schools to introduce life skills programmes which take 10 or more sessions over the course of a year.

Particularly if there isn’t strong and enthusiastic backing from Ministers in the DfE.

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